Summer is finally here! Most of us will definitely go to different summer destinations to have fun with family and friends. Aiming to have tanned skin? Yeah we all want that! But too much sun can have a painful effect on your skin.
At some point in our lives, we’ll all experience sunburn. You can get tanned 15 minutes after you step out. The UV light is responsible for it. Staying out longer in intense sunlight can make the sin red and splotchy.
Here are signs of severe sunburn that can’t be cured without intervention:
- Red blisters on skin
- Pain, tingling sensation
- Swelling, including face
- Fever and chills
- Headache, confusion
- Dizziness, feeling faint
If you ever find yourself getting sun poisoned, don’t worry! These simple remedies can help you.
KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED
It is important to hydrate yourself especially on hot sunny days. Avoid dehydration by replacing lost water and electrolytes constantly. Water will also hydrate your dry skin, keeping it moist.
BATHE IN COOL WATER
This can help you soothe the inflamed skin. You can add a few drops of lavender and chamomile essential oils to enhance the relaxing feeling. Without using harsh soaps, simply dip yourself in cool, not cold, water.
USE ALOE VERA GEL
It has a cool, soothing effect on burning, itching skin. Apply the gel twice or thrice during the day on the affected parts for relief. It is best to apply gel from a freshly cut aloe vera leaf.
Use a cloth dipped in cold milk to use as a cold compress. Gently dab the sensitive skin with for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off.
Cucumbers have a cooling effect on the skin. When you apply this on a burned skin, the cucumber’s juice draws out the heat and reduces discomfort.
Honey has ant-bacterial properties that is ideal for sunburns. It can also prevent future infections while waiting for the affected skin to heal. Mix honey with turmeric powder and basil leaves. Apply the paste to burned skin to deal irritation.
Chamomile tea calms down the irritation and enables healing once applied on the affected area. You may also add chamomile to your water bath.
Baking soda, when mixed with water, makes a quite a therapeutic paste for sun poisoning symptoms. Apply the past over the affected area. This will help with your rashes as well as the pain associated with them.
Aside from these remedies you can always prevent being sun poisoned by doing these:
- Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 at all times
- Apply it 30 minutes before stepping out into the sun
- Re-apply every two hours or after you’ve had sweating
- Places with sand, water and snow reflect sunlight more intensely. Beware!
- Limit going out into direct sunlight between 10 am and 2 pm
- Cover yourself with protective clothing, hat and sunglasses when out
- Reconsider usage of tanning beds as they are unsafe
- Ensure skin is moisturized and you are hydrated
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