Today we are going to talk about how to treat sunburn since Memorial Day is right around the corner. This is often the first time most of us are in bathing suits and are happy to be out in the sun, having fun and enjoying the sunshine! I know I am! But this excitement to get outside, especially before it gets really hot can often lead us to forget sunscreen or to reapply sunscreen as needed. Unfortunately sunburn is prevalent over this holiday weekend.
It’s recommended that you do what you can to prevent sunburn, wear sunscreen, protective eye wear, and a hat. Be sure to take breaks from the sun and reapply sunscreen throughout the day! If you happen to find yourself or a loved one with a sunburn, there are some ways to treat the sunburn. Lunch time is a perfect time to take a break from the sun, as swimming always makes me hungry. If you haven’t, check out this awesome Chickpea Avocado Wrap!
Some people are more prone to sunburn than others. Those with fair skin, red or fair hair and those who have a freckles. Unfortunately their skin is much more sensitive to the sun. It’s extremely important that they practice sun safety to avoid sunburns.
There are two types of sunburn that you may experience after being out in the sun. First degree and second degree sunburn. Both types of sunburn are caused by the exposure of the skin to the UV rays from the sun. Also remember, that you can get sunburned on overcast or partly sunny days. which is why if you can wear a daily sunscreen at least on your face, it’s recommended.
First degree sunburn is characterized by the reddening of the skin, which sometimes doesn’t show up immediately. You know those sunburns that show up after the shower. Although the skin might be a bit sensitive to the touch, there is relief in the fact that this sunburn only lasts a few days.
Second degree sunburn is characterized by extremely red or even purple hue to the skin. This type of sunburn is usually visible while you are still out in the sun, it’s very painful to the touch and you might even experience blistering of the skin. Another sign of second degree sunburn is that the skin was often hot to the touch. The pain felt with this type of sunburn is from the nerves in the skin becoming damaged with the suns exposure.
To treat sunburn, you have a few options.
- Take a cool bath or use a cold towel or compress to help cool the skin
- You can take ibuprofen for the pain
- If you have any blistering, don’t apply anything topical to the skin
- Immediately after a cool shower to potentially help limit damage to the skin, you can apply lotion with vitamin E or C to the affected areas (not to blisters).
- If you do not have blistering, you can apply calamine lotion, aloe vera or hydrocortisone creme to help with the pain
- Drink extra water to hydrate, as sunburn is often associated with dehydration as well.
If you experience vomiting, dizziness or fever after sunburn, you may want to seek medical attention.
To help erase the signs of this sun damage on the skin, try Amara Organics moisturizing lotion with vitamin C and E. Remember that retinol can make the skin more sensitive to the sun so it’s best to avoid the sun if you are using retinol on the skin.