It’s a hot and sunny day! The summer season comes with common skin problems. A day in the sun is not only enough to get a tan, it can also cause sunburn. Those who have dealt with sunburn before know how quickly the sun can damage or burn your skin and how it takes a long time to heal. Therefore, it is essential that you know the before and after of how to treat sunburn.
While mild sunburns will go away in a few days, a major sunburn can lead to other skin problems such as wrinkles, blemishes, or dry skin. In fact, sometimes, no matter how much sunscreen you put on, you end up with annoying sunburn. Want to know why this happens? Well, because sunscreen is not enough!
Yes, there are some tips that you should also follow to prevent or alleviate sunburn.
That’s why Health Shots spoke with Dr. Noopur Jain, MD Dermatology, and founder and consultant dermatologist of Skinzest, a boutique center for dermatology, aesthetics and cosmetic surgery in Gurugram.
Tips to avoid sunburn, suggested by Dr. Jain:
1. Don’t go out in the afternoon
You get sunburn when you go into the sun or when your skin is not covered by something and is exposed directly to the sun. Avoid going out in the middle of the day – from 10 am to 3 pm, because the sun’s rays are most prominent during this break and are usually the strongest.
2. Wear long-sleeved clothing
If you have to be outdoors during this time, prefer to wear clothes with a well-woven fabric to cover your body. They do not allow the sun’s rays to penetrate the fabric. Also, keep in mind that your clothes should be long-sleeved.
3. Wear sunglasses
Don’t forget to wear sunglasses if you’re going out in the scorching sun. Wearing sunglasses will provide UV protection every time you go out, so keep them in a place where you can’t lose them when you go out.
4. Stay in the shade
The most effective way to prevent sunburn is to avoid the sun as much as possible. Therefore, prefer to be in shady places and avoid direct exposure to the sun when possible.
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5. Wear a hat
In addition to wearing sun-protective things like clothing and sunglasses, wear a wide-brimmed hat when you go out to cover as much skin as possible. The hat will protect your facial skin from direct exposure to the sun, giving you shade.
6. Use sunscreen even indoors
It doesn’t matter if you are going out or working from home, you need to apply sunscreen all over your skin to protect it from the various sources of UV rays. In fact, according to Dr Jain, you should apply it every two hours to keep your skin protected.
If you have suffered from sunburn, follow these tips to treat sunburn along with the following tips mentioned above.
Tips for treating sunburn suggested by Dr. Jain:
1. Take a shower
Take frequent cold showers, but avoid going to saunas and hot tubs, and don’t shower immediately after being in the sun.
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2. Stay hydrated
To treat sunburn, it is very important that you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Hydrated skin heals faster.
3. Use hydrating moisturizers
To keep skin smooth and glowing and to treat sunburn, apply hydrating moisturizers regularly. Moisturizing moisturizers like aloe vera or soy on the skin to lock in moisture. Avoid using lotions with benzocaine.
Chamomile tea is one of the best home remedies that you can use to cure sunburn as it helps to soothe the skin. Soak a towel in cold chamomile tea. Use it to apply to burnt areas.
5. Consult the doctor
If you notice large blisters or experience nausea, chills, headache, fever, and swollen skin, contact your doctor and seek advice immediately.
Note: If your skin starts to peel and itch slightly, it means your body is trying to eliminate sun-damaged cells. So don’t worry about it.