Secret Sunburn Remedies.

So, you realised that maybe tanning without your trusted SPF wasn’t your brightest idea and now you’re feeling the burn. A major bummer, we know, but there are some steps you can take to ease the pain. Here’s a bulletproof recovery plan to care for your overexposed skin. 

Step One: 

Avoid Tight Clothing:

When you’re entering the early stages of sunburnt skin it’s important to let your skin b r e a t h e. Your body is trying to repair the affected area by increasing blood flow to the area to help with healing, so wearing tight clothing is an absolute no-no. Not only will you be uncomfortable, but you could end up lengthening the healing process too. Go with a looser fit to avoid further inflammation – and in some cases, blisters!

Step Two: 

Drink Plenty Of Water

Sunburn naturally leads to dehydration, so its incredibly important to drink lots of water in the first few hours after the initial burn. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol which will dehydrate you even further.

Step Three:

When you realise you have a sunburn, try taking an anti-inflammatory tablet. This is probably the best thing you can do to decrease the redness and pain of a sunburn, yet not a lot of people know about it! 

Step Four: 

NO Pimple Popping

You may be tempted to, but in all seriousness don’t. By popping your spot, you’re opening the wound and losing part of your natural protective barrier, exposing raw skin to potential infections! Instead, soak a washcloth in a bowl of milk and ice, then let it sit (no rubbing!) on your sunburn for five minutes. If you don’t feel comfortable with milk, that’s fine, just use water, although you may find the results aren’t as effective. Milk soothes the inflammation, while the ice causes blood vessels to contract, so you’ll be less red and puffy.

Step Five:

Take a cooling bath

Add lavender oil to minimise sting and baking soda for irritation. 

Step Six:

When blisters naturally break up on their own, avoid exfoliating, rubbing, picking, or peeling to avoid potential scarring. As gross as it may seem, those flaps of skin act as a natural barrier to protect the injured skin beneath them. Once the inevitable moulting begins, let the skin fall away on its own and coat yourself head-to-toe in moisturiser. Doctors recommend a gentle, moisturiser or lotion that contains melittin as it can increase the blood circulation thus making the healing process faster. 

Let us know your Sunburn remedies and if they work!