Too much sun? Despite our best efforts and knowing the damage it can cause, we’ve all been caught out with sunburn at least once before. Sunburn can result in painful red patches, itchy skin and even swelling, and it can take normally take 3 to 7 days to heal, during which you’ll be feeling pretty uncomfortable. Is there anything you can do to reduce the discomfort of sunburn? As we love all things skincare related, we’ve a few tips for helping you if you get caught out this summer.
Cooling aloe vera lotion
Aloe vera is a skincare miracle agent, which is why we include it in our fake tan range. It can help to protect and soothe your skin, so if you’re sunburned try a moisturiser with aloe vera added to it to reduce the pain and redness of your damaged skin. Use it for up to a week after your burn to completely hydrate and moisturise your skin as it starts to regenerate and heal itself.
Hot showers are so painful on burned skin, so stick to cooling showers or baths until the pain subsides. Never rub vigorously with the towel after either – gently pat your skin dry to avoid damaging it further and taking of any peeling skin. If you still feel uncomfortable, try placing a damp face cloth soaked in cool water over your red skin to reduce some of the discomfort.
Loose fitting clothing
Tight clothing will only feel more uncomfortable on top of sunburn, especially as it is quite common for swelling to occur on the affected areas. Try to stick to loose-fitting clothing during the day and comfy pyjamas at night to allow your skin the chance to heal. When you’re out in the sun during the day, cover up with appropriate clothing and a wide brimmed hat to protect your face and neck.
Blisters and peeling skin normally appear a few days after the sunburn, and can make you quite self-conscious. Try to resist the urge to peel or pick as this can just make it feel worse, and could result in damage to your skin (like wrinkles). Instead, keep moisturising and cover your skin up when you go out in the sun to avoid doing more damage until its fully healed.
If your sunburn is extremely painful, you can take some painkillers to manage the discomfort. Always check with a doctor or pharmacist before you take any new medication, and ensure that it is recommended for sunburn.
Prevention is better than cure
There are lots of tips out there for protecting your skin against sunburn – check out the NHS website for more information. If you’re keen on the idea of a tan this summer without the harmful side effects, fake it! Our luxury tanning range has all the benefits of a gorgeous summer glow, without any of the potentially dangerous side effects. Our tans are all paraben free, and full of skin-loving ingredients with extra vitamins. Why not take a look at the full range now?