For months, you longed for your vacation on the tropical beaches. The pandemic made travel stress worse. You arrived at the beach and immediately relaxed in the sun. It was a great experience, and you thought you had followed the proper sun protection guidelines. But, later in the day, you see the truth: You have sunburn.
Sunburns can be embarrassing, frustrating, and sometimes even embarrassing. Skin Cancer Foundation explains sunburn is an inflammation reaction to UV radiation damage in the skin’s outermost layer. This happens when your skin is exposed to too much UV radiation without adequate protection, such as sunscreen and clothing.
As you probably know, the best way to keep your skin healthy and youthful is to avoid the sun at its peak hours (11 am to 4 pm). Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing if you do venture outside, as recommended by Skin Cancer Foundation. How can you feel the heat?
According to Allison Arthur MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Sand Lake Dermatology Center, Orlando, Florida, the most common reason patients gets sunburn is that they forget to apply sunscreen or wait too long before using it again. Dr. Arthur says sunscreen should be applied every two hours or sooner if you are swimming or sweating a lot. Sunscreen efficacy can vary from 40 to 80 minutes, depending on the circumstances. Make sure you read your sunscreen label. Arthur suggests that people often neglect to check their ears and feet.
Another reason you may have gotten a sunburn is because of how intense the sun’s rays are.
Because tropical beaches are closer to the equator, where the sun’s rays shine the most, people on vacation to these destinations have a higher chance of sunburn.
How to treat sunburn at home
Sunburns can appear in minutes but can last for hours. MarisaGarshick, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology in New York City. “It can peak between 24 and 48 hours after sun exposure, then subsides, which can take days or weeks to heal fully.”
There are no quick fixes for sunburns. However, knowing how to manage it can minimize discomfort and allow you to return to your vacation.
How to Treat Sunburns and Promote Healing
These sunburn remedies ease your pain and make you feel more comfortable.
Get Out of the Sun
According to the AAD, the first step in treating sunburns is to get out of the sun. It would help if you covered your sunburn with lightweight, protective clothing or a hat. Keep going outside until it is fully healed.
Use a cold compress or a shower to cool down.
The AAD suggests that you apply cool compresses to any sunburnt areas. After a quick rinse, dry your skin by gently patting it dry. You can use ice to apply a cold compress to sunburned skin, but you should not directly.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized
The AAD recommends applying aloe Verde gel to soothe dry skin and relieve sunburn symptoms. The AAD advises that your skin is more sensitive to potential irritants now. Use bland, fragrance-free, and chemical-free balms to soothe itching and relieve some sunburn symptoms.
To reduce inflammation, you can use pain relievers.
If you are experiencing pain, take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or naproxen [Aleve] if necessary. Dr. Garshick explains that pain relievers can reduce inflammation and the redness caused by sunburns.
Make sure to stay hydrated!
It is easy to get dehydrated and overheated when you spend a lot of time in the sun. The AAD also notes that sunburn can pull fluid from your body toward the skin’s surface, increasing your risk of dehydration. Drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic fluids to counter this risk. This Hydration Calculator will estimate how much water you should drink depending on your age, gender, and activity level.
Resist the urge to Peel
Your skin will begin to peel a few days after sunburns. This is an indication that your body is healing. They advise against peeling the skin by yourself. Let it naturally peel off once it has cured. Avoid using harsh scrubbing products or loofahs on your skin as it heals.