Oo La La has always emphasised that it is important to avoid being sunburnt if at all possible, as sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer, pigmentation issues, and premature ageing.
However, even with the greatest intentions, you may wind up with a little sunburn. As we go into summer we would like to share our tips on how to relieve sunburn.
5 Ways to Relieve Sunburn
If the worst should happen, here are 5 suggestions for dealing with sunburn:
- A cold flannel can assist cool your skin without placing it under too much water and exposing you to further agony. Lightly dampen your skin with a soft flannel to calm the burn without exposing it to too much water. Use a dabbing motion and avoid rubbing at the area as this can further damage your skin barrier.
- Moisturize wet skin with a sufficient amount of ceramide-enriched moisturiser. This aids in the absorption of moisture and the soothing of the skin. Apply generous amounts of ceramide-enriched moisturiser to seal in moisture while your skin is still wet (this prevents minerals from settling on the skin). Avoid using petroleum or oil-based ointments, which can trap heat and aggravate the burn.
- Reduce inflammation: ibuprofen and other pain relievers can assist reduce swelling and make you more comfortable if you’re in pain. Taking a tablet of ibuprofen might help minimise swelling and discomfort if taken during the first few hours of acquiring a sunburn.
- Be gentle: avoid use of exfoliators, toners, face masks, and anti-aging treatments until the skin begins to recover. If you have sunburn on your face, you may need to reconsider your daily skincare practise. Because sun damage makes your skin especially sensitive, the chemicals commonly contained in these lotions might cause it to blister or flare up with a rash.
- Stay hydrated: Proper hydration both inside and outside the body is essential for sunburn healing. Burns cause fluid to be drawn to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body, potentially leaving you dehydrated. To minimise additional dehydration, it is critical to drink enough of water and use a hydrating SPF.