We know what to eat to cure and lessen the chances of sunburn and we know how to prevent it, but what if you still get sunburned at some parts of your body?
Sunburn sometimes takes four to six hours for the symptoms to develop. What do we do now that it’s there?
Despite your best efforts to shield your skin from sun damage with sunscreen and prevention tips, you’ve gotten this painful, reddish, and swelling sunburn. Yikes!
Here are some tips on what you should immediately do as soon as you start feeling the pain.
- Hydrate yourself.
Sunburn also means you have lost water from your skin. You may feel dehydrated and fatigued. Signs of dehydration are dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, headache, dizziness and sleepiness. Start drinking water without delay and keep drinking until it refreshes you. Coconut water can also be a good alternative.
- Cold compress.
Following a burn, your skin is inflamed. You’ll definitely get relief from the burns with damping your body with cold water with cloth warms or ice packs. Apply several times a day for quicker and longer results.
- Avoid soap.
Soap can only dry and irritate burned skin. This also goes for bubble baths. If you must use soap, make sure to use a very mild one and rinse it all well. Make sure not to rub your skin, or you’ll irritate it further.
- Watch out for blisters.
Blisters mean you’ve reached second degree burn. Watch out for them and leave it all alone. Don’t pop them. Don’t touch them. They usually heal on their own, but if you think your skin might be infected, you may want to call medical attention on medications you can put.
- Moisturize your skin.
Moisturizing the skin is as good as a prevention tip and a remedy. When you’re sunburned, you’re skin is dry and it causes cells and blood vessels to leak, drying the skin out even further. Cool baths and compresses will make you feel better but to prevent from even more drying, apply moisturizer straight away after you soak. Fun fact: You can put your moisturizer in the refrigerator for a more relieving effect.
While you are still coping with the pain of sunburn, make sure to stay out of the sun. Sunburn is a temporary condition but a result of skin receiving too much exposure from the sun’s UV rays can result in long-lasting damage to the skin.
Always be aware of your exposure to the sun.