Best advice from Sunburn

Nothing worse than being caught red handed, or quite frankly getting roasted by the sun. Sometimes even your best intentions fall short, I mean I wouldn't know of course but if you do end up a little red here are some useful tips-

  • The exposure of UV radiation in sunlight damages DNA which causes inflammation and redness (plus usually a world of pain).

  • First tip- Cover up ASAP! Even suncream will not completely protect your skin from further damage, so rather than trying to soldier on, stay in the shade and stick some clothes on.

  • Cool down- we call this a cool compress but essentially it means dunking a towel in cold water and place this over the area. A 15-20 minute Luke-warm shower can also be of help.

  • Be gentle with your skin! Avoid scrubbing your skin with a towel post shower, gently dap and save your skin further irritation.

  • Aloe-up- Aloe vera not only has cooling properties but anti inflammatory too, a life saver if you have ended up looking pink.

  • Numb the pain- Non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen reduce inflammation and reduce the pain, use this as instructed on the pack for at least 48 hours. Paracetamol will help with pain but not inflammation. Always check with your doctor before taking any medications.

Finally- take it from me, sunburn can have serious consequences, it ages your skin and increases your lifetime risk of skin cancer. Stay safe and use plenty of suncream.