Looking like a broiled lobster after spending an inordinately long time under the blazing hot sun is not an appealing sight. Come summer and people hit the beach to spend long hours lazing under the warm sun.
Sun tanning is an extremely popular pursuit among pale skinned people to get that beautiful bronzed look. But if you spend too much time sunbathing, you can end up with angry red sunburn.
An Insight Into Sunburn
Sun burn refers to reddening, inflammation, blistering or peeling of the skin due to excessive exposure to direct sunlight. Overexposure to the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun can lead to painful sun burn. While a sun burn can happen in less than fifteen minutes, it may take a couple of hours for the inflammation, pain and redness to disappear.
Mild sunburn can be treated with simple home remedies. However, if you are suffering from a serious sun burn, it is imperative that you seek medical counsel immediately.
Care Of Unburned Skin
If you are suffering from mild sun burn, you can use items which are easily available in your house to soothe the skin and prevent it from peeling. Some simple steps to care for sunburned skin are listed below.
Apply Aloe Vera Gel
For mild sun burn, the best remedy is to apply some soothing aloe vera gel directly on the affected parts of the skin. Apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel on those areas of the skin which have been burnt. The soothing properties of this medicinal plant can help to alleviate skin redness and reduce the stinging sensation.
Over The Counter Pain Medication
If there is slight pain or a stinging sensation you can take OTC pain medication like panadol or ibuprofen. These medications which can be easily procured at most drug stores help to bring down the pain and skin inflammation. Application of over the counter skin creams, which contain one percent hydrocortisone, also helps to alleviate any pain or stinging sensation. You can apply this cream as many times as you want on the sun burn.
Apply Cold Compress
To reduce the redness and inflammation of the skin you can apply a cool compress directly on the affected part. A small hand towel which has been dipped in cold water should be placed directly on the affected region. Repeat the process once the towel becomes warm. Apply the cold compress several times a day or till the swelling and redness disappears.
Drink Plenty Of Water
A severe sun burn can leave you feeling dehydrated. So, it is very important to rehydrate your body especially your skin by drinking plenty of water through out the day. Skin which is adequately rehydrated can heal faster than dry, dehydrated skin. Make it a point to drink at least eight glasses of water to rehydrate your sun burnt skin.
Apply A Good Moisturizer
To prevent your skin from peeling you can apply a good moisturizing cream. A water based moisturizer is more suitable than an oil based one.
Do Not Break Blisters
If any blisters have developed over the sun burn make it a point not to break them with your fingernails or any other sharp object. Breaking sun burn blisters can lead to severe and often painful skin infections.
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