Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need the sun to get sunburnt; a cloudy day can have the same effect on your skin as a blazing hot day. Without the proper protection, you will burn and even if you can’t see it, UV rays can have some serious health effects on your body later in life.
As a milk bottle-looking person, I burn badly. You’d think after burning severely as a child, as an adult, I would have learned my lesson – spoiler alert: I haven’t. Only a couple of years ago I got so burnt on holiday I fainted and had to hide away in the hotel room because my body was in so much shock from the pain I could hardly move.
So to help others like me, who unfortunately get burnt to a crisp, I’ve put together a list of ways to soothe your sunburn and fast (tried and tested by yours truly)!
Aloe Vera to soothe
I can honestly say Aloe Vera has saved me so many times I’ve lost count. Back to the time I fainted, my lovely friends ran out to the nearest store and bought me Aloe Vera body lotion, and my goodness I don’t think I would’ve been able to board the flight home without it. Thanks to all the good vitamins and antioxidants in Aloe Vera, my skin was kept hydrated and soothed just minutes after applying. I found using JASON Aloe Vera 98% Moisturizing Gel helped to bring down the inflammation in my legs and kept the burning tingling sensation at bay.
After sun to moisturize
My mother used to smother me in aftersun after every beach journey, regardless of whether I had actually been in the sun or not. I now use Bondi Sands Aloe Vera After Sun Gel Spray after a day in the sun as it keeps my skin moisturized and replenished! I find it’s great for those with mild sunburn who don’t want their skin to peel away like a snake in molting season. Better yet, keep your bottle in the fridge for instant cooling relief!
Kept it cool
When you burn your finger or your hands, the first thing people tell you to do is run it under a cold tap. Well, the same applies to sunburns in the form of ice packs and cool compresses. If you’re looking for instant pain relief, holding a wet washcloth or an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes to the area will soothe and cool down your skin in a matter of seconds.
Soak in an oatmeal bath
Okay, I know this is a little bit of a stretch, but if you can get your hands on some oatmeal, it can seriously help your burned skin, especially if it’s gotten to the itchy stage. If you can’t find any, then I have the next best thing. Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Body Wash is perfect for gently washing and soothing your tight sunburnt skin. Packed with finely-milled Colloidal Oatmeal, your skin will feel soft, relieved and itch-free!
Take an anti-inflammatory
To reduce swelling, pain and redness taking an anti-inflammatory tablet like ibuprofen can seriously help. For the first few days of my sunburn, I was popping them every six hours to lessen the symptoms, which helped a lot. So I thoroughly suggest you pack some in your bag just in case!
Cool off on the skincare routine
When I was pretty much burnt to a crisp, my face was so sensitive, it stung at just the touch of a strand of my hair. Never did I think I’d be on holiday sporting chin and lip blisters, but there I was in the waterpark practically reminding everyone to put on sunscreen at the sight of me. So it goes without saying that your skincare routine is going to have to halt, which includes your makeup. It’s best to stick to a gentle cleanser and moisturizer for the time being.
It’s important to drink a lot of fluids and try to keep out of the sun. I also recommend wearing loose clothing as your skin will be extra sensitive to materials and honestly, chaffing when your skin is breaking out in blisters is seriously painful (trust me).