Most people enjoy the onset of summer and tend to forget about skin care while lying in the sun for an entire day at the beach. The ensuing sunburn can be a nightmare, as skin becomes red and itchy and it becomes impossible to resist the urge to scratch. For some people, the skin becomes scaly, catalyzing the wrinkling process.
So, what is to be done when one starts to get sunburns? With ibuprofen tablets and hydrocortisone cream, sunburns can disappear in a few days. Here are common ways of treating sunburns:
As soon as you see skin reddening or feel itchy, get out of the sun and commence treatment as soon as you can. Sunburn symptoms take up to six hours to start showing. Failure to take quick action may turn a small reddening into a serious problem.
Forget The Makeup
There are some women, and men too, who cannot do without makeup. This is fine. But, do not pile up makeup on a burn or blister. Powder does well in soothing the skin for two or three days after which a concealer and/or foundation can be applied.
Cold Milk Compresses
Milk contains vitamins, proteins and fats. Place a towel in cold milk and use the cloth to cover burned areas for about twenty minutes. Milk has hydrating components.
Cool Water Wash
Use cold water to bath. Water temperature should be slightly below lukewarm. Do not use soap, bathing detergents or bathing oils when taking a bath. In case of blisters on the skin, take a bath instead of showering. Pressure from the shower may pop up blisters. Ensure you press a dump piece of cloth lightly on your skin to clean and dry—do not rub.
Over The Counter Pain Relievers
Find a nearby drug store and get painkillers over the counter. Two tablets of ibuprofen are effective in reducing pain and swelling. Aspirin works well too.
Apply anti-inflammatory paste like hydrocortisone cream or Aloe Vera on the affected areas.
Moisturize and Hydrate
Drink lots of water since sunburns are dehydrating, about eight glasses a day while you are recovering.
Choose The Right Products
Sometimes it may be hard to resist the urge but physicians advise that scratching, picking or peeling skin off should be avoided. Ceramide; a rich moisturizer should be applied often and flakes left to shade off naturally. It is also important to keep from applying any anti-aging creams and ingredients until the burn heals.
Call The Doctor
If all the treatments above are in vain or if severe blisters, nausea and fever is experienced, a doctor or dermatologist should be consulted immediately.
Maintaining hydration and staying in a cool environment following exposure to tanning beds and the sun can best treat sunburns. It is important to treat sunburns however small the blister may be to reduce lifetime risk of getting melanoma, a severe skin cancer. Prevention however, is always better than any cure. Therefore, it is necessary to apply sunscreen before going outdoors and exposing oneself to the sun.