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    Sep 11, 2015   Author : admin

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How many times have you come back from a holiday or are still there with a ‘much-too-sunburnt’ skin and regretting now? Don’t worry though, there are always a few options to protect your skin from sunburns! Let us share those options with you so that your mood will never be spoiled during holidays every again! 

Take a cool shower

Adjust your shower head to the most gentle shower mode: thin water streams may evoke a sensation of needles stinging all over your body or damage the blisters (if you are blistering, immediately see a doctor for sunburn treatment). Taking a cool - not hot - shower won't irritate your skin further. Use a soap-free shower cream which will soften your skin. Body wash/ shower cream should be applied with your hands - do not use a bathing sponge. Pat your skin dry or just air it naturally instead of rubbing your towel.

Moisturize your skin

Moisturizing is essential at all stages of a sunburn: from inflamed and red skin to flaking and peeling. Make sure to read the ingredients of your daily moisturizer before applying it. A product containing salicylic acid or other types of acids may cause your skin to sting and burn.

It is advisable to use a gel-based moisturizer. Thermal water – like Vichy’s ‘Aqualia Thermal’ – is also a good remedy to relieve the irritation of your skin. However, after the applying, the leftover water should be absorbed into a napkin or a towel. Keep your moisturizer in the refrigerator for additional cooling of your hot skin. Creams containing retinol can only be used after the burn is completely healed and the skin requires a lot of collagen.

Soothe your skin

After the exposure to the sun, ultraviolet rays absorbed by the skin damage sensitive substances that influence the skin's normal growth and appearance. After-sun products not only have a cooling effect, but also help to soothe your red and burning skin. Applying after-sun products is essential but it is not enough. Masks, creams, balms, oils, gels can prevent early peeling of the skin, re-stabilize the hydro-lipid barrier, strengthen capillaries, and slow down the photo-ageing process. Eventually, they help to activate the synthesis of melanin to give you a long-lasting tan. It is not recommended to use these products more than 5-6 times per day. Search for the products containing panthenol, bisabolol, aloe vera, beta-carotene, and vegetable oils.

Use sunscreen

Once you have got sunburn, don't think that you won't get another part of your body or, what is even worse, the same part burnt again. If your sunscreen hasn't protected you from sunburn, buy a new sunscreen of another brand or the one with a higher SPF. A spray sunburn (not a cream one with a dispenser) will best suit for the body, for the face use a fluid sunblock with the highest sun protection factor.

As you can see, even if you get a sunburn, you can always get rid of it in a short period of time. However, make sure you don’t get sunburnt ever again so that you don’t have to hide indoors from the sun to let your skin heal! Enjoy the rest of the summer with a sunscreen on.

 

Image: Pixabay.com | MYC Writer: Polina Tikhonova

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