How to treat a sunburn?
Your skin can burn if it is exposed to too much sun without adequate protection. To help heal and soothe burning skin, it's important to start treating sunburn as soon as you notice it. The first thing to do is to get out of the sun - and preferably indoors.
Once inside, these dermatologist tips can help relieve the discomfort:
- Take frequent baths or cold showers to help relieve pain. As soon as you get out of the tub or shower, dry yourself by patting yourself gently, but leave some water on your skin. Then apply a moisturizer to help trap water in your skin. It can help alleviate drought.
- Use a moisturizer that contains Aloe-Vera or Soy to help soothe sunburned skin. If a particular area seems particularly uncomfortable, you can apply a burn cream (such as Biafine). Do not treat sunburn with "-caine" products (such as benzocaine), as these can irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction. Consult your pharmacist.
- Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce swelling, redness, and discomfort. Consult your pharmacist.
- Drink more water. A sunburn draws fluid to the surface of the skin and pushes it away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water during sunburn helps prevent dehydration.
- If your skin has blisters, let them heal. Blisters on the skin mean you have second degree sunburn. You should not pop the blisters, as they form to help your skin heal and protect you from infections.
- Be extra careful to protect the burnt skin from the sun as it heals. Wear clothes that cover your skin when you are outside. Tightly woven fabrics are the most effective. When you hold the fabric up to a bright light, you shouldn't see the light coming through. UPF50 certified anti-UV clothing will guarantee you optimal protection. In addition, they are normally designed to be worn in hot weather and are cool and breathable.
Although it may seem temporary, sunburn - which is the result of too much exposure of the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun - can cause lasting damage to the skin. This damage increases the risk of skin cancer, hence the importance of protecting the skin from the sun.
At Ker-Sun, we provide advice on how to safely enjoy the sun. We also offer a wide range of sun protection products for all your activities, and for all tastes. You can find anti-UV t-shirts for the whole family, anti-UV swimsuits, but also anti-UV wetsuits for babies, for example.