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Best ways to Combat Sunburns

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Basking in the summer sun and wishing for an awesome tan is understandable. But an overdose of the same can cause SUNBURNS, which are definitely not cool. Sunburn is the inflammation of the skin – turning it red and sore while in severe cases, it can cause blistering and peeling of the skin  as well. UV rays are extremely harmful and even with the sunscreen on – an overexposure to SUN can cause a lot of skin problems, along with skin cancer. To help heal and soothe the stinging skin, it is important to begin treating sunburn as soon as you notice it. The first thing you should do is get out of the sun – and preferably indoors.

    1. 1. Cooling yourself down – Take a quick shower or bath for 10 to 15 minutes a few times every day. That will help to cool off your skin. As soon as you get out of the bathtub or shower, pat yourself gently without completely drying.


    1. 2. Apply a Moisturizer – The best moisturizer that can be used is aloe vera or soy to relieve and soothe the skin. Avoid using lotions with components like petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine – these ingredients would block the skin layer and trap the heat inside, making the skin irritate more.


    1. 3. Lots and Lots of water – Drinking enough water can help your skin and muscles cool down faster and help the dehydration caused by sunburn. Keep refilling your glass a little more than usual.


    1. 4. Wear loose-fitting & comfortable clothes – The skin needs to breathe in order to cool down, wearing tight fitting clothes is a big NO-NO when sunburned. Wear light-colored, loose clothes to be comfortable mostly polyester and nylon blends.


    1. 5. Switch to a gentle skincare regime – Use products curated for sensitive skin, until the sunburn is completely healed. Mild Cleansers and moisturizers need to be composed of lighter materials for coolness.


  1. 6. Consult a Dermatologist – If the situation is escalated causing blisters and a lot of pain, one should consult a dermatologist and take expert opinion and medication for the condition.


Although Sunburn may seem like a temporary condition, it can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. This damage increases a person’s risk of getting skin cancer, making it critical to protect the skin from the sun. Always remember, to use 50+ sunscreen for Indian all the exposed areas of the body including ears, back of the neck, feet, etc., and apply it half an hour before stepping out and reapplying every 3-4 hours for adequate protection.

People with extra sensitive skin, need to opt for sunblocks with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide that can be applied immediately before leaving, which gives good protection until you wash it off. One can also use oral antioxidant supplements ( also called Oral Sunscreens ) like Beta carotene, Glutathione, Superoxide dismutase, sea algae extract like Chlorella that can further enhance body’s immunity to fight any adverse effects on the skin, caused by sun damage. Taking regular care of the skin that is sensitive during sunburns is significant. So this summers stay SUN protected for healthier, glowing skin.

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