Summer is made for kicking back and relaxing, but it surely is not a time to slack on your skin-care routine or waste time tackling summer sunburns. Well, summer is the perfect time to go swimming, sun-bathing and vacationing which can make your skin prone to sunburns. While the skin’s needs are certainly different as the seasons change, summer sunburns can occur from the heat which need to be tackled with ease. Even if you slather on SPF daily, sometimes burns do happen, and they require some tender love care and some beauty products or natural ingredients which might help relieve the redness and irritation. Here’s how you can keep your skin fresh, glowing and prevent sunburns all season long. Safe sun exposure is the key.
Keeping all these things in mind will make your summer sunburn skin-care routine a breeze. Your skin will certainly thank you come fall.
1. You can make the sunburn stinging stop besides the inflammation, by a cold shower which could be one of the fastest ways to soothe a sunburn. As soon as you notice a sunburn cool off, if you’re out, move into the shade or cool environment, grab an ice cube and run it over areas that are red or irritated.
2. Apply cold compress for pain and puffiness, and you could add milk as the fat in it makes extra soothing. Add ice to full fat milk, the iced milk is ideal for treating sunburn.
3. Sunburns can be dehydrating, hence keep your fluid levels high with water, fruits and vegetables. Indulge in grapefruit, lemons, oranges filled with vitamin C besides protein is vital for skin regeneration so include fish and lean meats like chicken. Drinking just two cups of green tea a day can provide additional sun-protective benefits.
4. Pop a pill, to reduce swelling and ease the pain an Ibuprofen, is recommended taken at the earliest after a burn.
5. If you are carrying along a travel-size cold after-sun lotion or gel, which work best when they’re cool they can be your best bet.
6. Put anti-ageing formulas on hold as using them could risk irritation. You should only resume when your skin returns to its normal self.
7. Skip face and body oils or tanning oils.
8. Avoid fragranced products or ones with acids, you could use bland, scent-free moisturizer with soy or aloe vera or lavender or peppermint extracts or coconut oil or shea butter for extra healing. Or even natural antioxidants and vitamins for faster regeneration.
9. Cortisone cream or skin calming oatmeal bath are ideal for sunburns.
10. Moisturize your skin naturally so before sunbathing, apply organic coconut oil on the exposed areas of your skin to prevent dryness, will also give you added metabolic benefits.
Sun Safe Theory
1. Learn to play it safe in the sun. Sunscreen builds up in your stratum corneum, so if you apply it daily for three weeks before a beach vacation, you’ll be less likely to burn. Also when out in the sun, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher and reapply it every two or three hours or after you swim or sweat.
2. Steer clear of aviators or metal frames as they reflect enough light onto the cheeks to make them burn. You could instead try wearing plastic frames on the beach, and reapply sunscreen frequently to your cheeks if sunglasses make you sweaty.
3. Areas that need frequent reapplication of sunscreen every two hours includes the chest, sun spots sensitive areas, cheekbones, nose, around the nostrils, above your lip, next to your armpits, and on the tops of the toes.
4. Spray sunscreens don’t cover as evenly as lotions hence lotions / creams make better bet.
5. Protect your face and eyes by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or a cap. The skin around these areas is much thinner than other areas of your body and is more at risk for cosmetic photo damage and premature wrinkling.
6. Build an internal sunscreen with beneficial antioxidants, for instance Astaxanthin, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, and lycopene is a potent antioxidant which protects against sun damage when taken as a daily supplement. Besides it can also be used topically as a number of topical sunscreen products contain it.
7. Dietary sources of antioxidants include whole fresh vegetables and fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, goji berries and blueberries.
8. Natural sunburn remedies include- Potatoes have starch that help soothe sunburn, so pat down a cold piece on your sore sunburned spots. Honey is a topical salve for skin burns. Vinegar is a natural aspirin as it has acetic acid reduces pain, itching, and inflammation so you could add a cup of cider vinegar into your bath water and soak your burned skin into it. Coriander oil has a soothing effect, the essential oil works well on sunburns. Green tea has catechin and tannic acid which help soothe sunburn pain so you could soak a couple of tea bags in cool water and use as a cold compress on the burnt areas. Strawberries have tannin, which helps alleviate the sting of sunburn, so you could use it as a topical balm by mashing a cup of ripened strawberries and applying it on top of your sunburns. Cucumbers have a cooling effect, so apply it on your sunburns for soothing. Lettuce leaves have painkilling benefits, so boil its leaves in water, strain, cool and chill to apply the lettuce juice over the affected area. Calendula has natural anti-inflammatory and healing properties that are especially beneficial for burns.
Puja Taluja, Beauty Expert says, ‘Sun burn is caused by over exposure to the sun. The skin becomes red, hot and painful. After a few days the burnt skin may start to peel. This happens more in the beachy areas where the exposure to the sun is severe and the skies are clearer so the skin tends to burn faster. Even when you swim you tend to burn your skin way more because of the combination of the chlorine water and direct sunlight. Usually even a cool shower or bath tends to help. But which is why it is totally imperative to apply enough sunblock with min SPF 50 before stepping out in the sun. This is also very important for children. Usually people don’t apply sunblock on children but actually they need it more as their skin is even more sensitive.
Soothing creams also help if your skin is already burnt. After-sun lotions cool the skin and contain moisturisers (emollients) to counteract skin dryness and tightness. Any plain emollient can be used on unbroken skin to help with comfort. Even cold packs and few home remedies like the ones mentioned below would help.
Use a lotion or gel that contains Vitamin C and E, as this may reduce skin damage and really helps the skin to rejuvenate from sun damage.
Cold milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost ways to treat sunburn. Even if you mix some yoghurt and milk and make a paste and apply and leave it on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing off it will help cool off the skin.
Even green tea helps relieving the pain and damaging the skin as it contains tannic acid and theobromine which when applied topically it really helps.
Sunburn can also result from exposure to other sources of UV light, such as sunbeds or sunlamps. The treatment for these are also the same.’