It’s a warm and sunny day! The summer season comes with common skin problems. A day in the sun outside is not only enough to get a suntan, but it can also cause you to get sunburned. Those who have experienced sunburn before, know how quickly the sun can damage or burn your skin, and how long recovery can take. Therefore, it is essential that you know before and after how to treat a sunburn.

Although mild sunburns will disappear in a few days, large sunburns can lead to other skin problems such as wrinkles, spots, or dry skin. In fact, sometimes, no matter how much sunscreen you use, you end up with a pesky 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 relieve sunburn.

Healing sunburnSunburn is caused by exposure to the sun or its equivalent in sunlight. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

For this reason, Health Shots spoke with Dr. Noopur Jain, MD Dermatology, founder and consultant dermatologist at Skinzest, a boutique center for dermatology, cosmetic and cosmetic surgery in Gurugram.

Sunburn prevention tips, suggested by Dr. Jain:

1. Don’t go out in the afternoon

You get a sunburn when you are in the sun or when nothing covers your skin and is directly exposed to the sun. Avoid going out in the middle of the day – from 10 am to 3 pm, because the sun’s rays are more visible during that time and are usually stronger.

2. Wear full-sleeved clothes

If you have to be outdoors during that time, it’s best to wear clothing with tightly woven fabric to cover the body. They do not allow sunlight to penetrate the fabric. Also keep in mind that your clothes should be with full sleeves.

3. Wear sunglasses

Don’t forget to wear sunglasses if you are going out in the hot sun. Wearing sunglasses will give you UV protection every time you go out, so leave them somewhere you can’t miss them on your way out.

Healing sunburnThe sun’s rays can damage your skin, so wear sunglasses as well. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Stay in the shade

The most effective way to prevent sunburn is to avoid exposure to the sun as much as possible. Therefore, it is preferable to be in shaded places and avoid direct exposure to the sun as much as possible.

Read also: Are you sunburned? Watch out for these signs and symptoms to find out

5. Wear a hat

Besides wearing sunscreen like clothing and glass, wear a wide-brimmed hat while outdoors to cover as much skin as possible. The hat will protect your facial skin from direct sunlight by giving you shade.

6. Apply sunscreen even indoors

No matter you go out or work from home, you need to apply sunscreen to 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.

Healing sunburnWant to reverse your skin problems? Use sunscreen. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If you have been sunburned, follow these tips for treating a sunburn, along with the following tips above.

Tips for treating sunburn suggested by Dr. Jain:

1. Take a bath

Take cool showers frequently but avoid going to saunas and hot tubs and don’t shower immediately after being in the sun.

Read also: Wear sunscreen, but also these 7 foods to avoid getting a tan this summer

2. Stay hydrated

In order to treat a sunburn, it is really important to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Wet skin heals faster.

3. Use moisturizing lotions

To maintain smooth, glowing skin and to treat sunburn, use hydrating moisturizers regularly. Moisturizing emollients such as aloe vera or soy apply to the skin to lock in moisture. Avoid using preparations that contain benzocaine.

Healing sunburnUse a weather-appropriate humidifier. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Chamomile

Chamomile tea is one of the best home remedies that you can use to treat sunburn because it helps soothe the skin. Soak a washcloth in cold chamomile tea. Use it to apply to burnt areas.

5. Consult a doctor

If you notice any large blisters or experience nausea, chills, headache, fever and swelling of the skin, contact your doctor and seek advice immediately.

Note: If your skin begins to peel and itch slightly, this means that your body is trying to eliminate sun damaged cells. So don’t worry about it.


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