I’m sure you’ve had days when you stayed too long in the sun and ended up with sunburns. It happens to the best of us! You might have forgotten to use sunscreen or get your skin properly covered. Unprotected skin has its consequences, and sunburns are not burns that just disappear overnight. So how do you ensure that you don’t get sunburns? Well, for starters, you need to ensure that you protect your skin each time you’re going to be in the sun for a long duration of time.
Many people forget to use sunscreen because they have been indoors for a while. However, after the first encounter with sunburns, you won’t need a reminder. Prolonged outdoor activities are only fun when your skin won’t be hurt afterward. Aside from prevention tips, you also need to learn about how to manage sunburns once they happen. After all, you’re human, and you’re bound to forget at some point. The internet is quite resourceful on the home remedies for sunburns. It is also where you go when you’re wondering, where will I find professionals who will do my homework for money? If you leave your sunburns unaddressed, the condition is likely to get worse with time. Take care of your skin to ensure it’s always healthy and beautiful.
Here are tips to help you with sunburn prevention and sunburn treatment.
As you know, prevention is always better than cure. To help keep your skin unscared, you should try to avoid exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. if you have to be out, make sure you apply sunscreen.
Note that the sun’s reflection off sand, water, or snow makes the burning rays even stronger.
You need water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen products. For protection against UVA as well as UVB rays, you need sunscreen of SPF 30 or 50.
Sunscreen products usually need at least 20 minutes to bond to your skin. This means you should apply sunscreen before you step out.
You should also use SPF lip balm to protect the skin on your kips. Many people apply sunscreen on their shoulders and neck and forget their lips.
When you’re outdoors, make sure you have clothes that cover most of your skin. You should also go as far as investing in sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
Your face is the most sensitive to UV rays because the skin is thinner. Your scalp, ears, and nose can easily get burnt.
When you’re using spray sunscreen, exercise caution so that the product doesn’t get into your eyes. Take your time during application to ensure every inch of your exposed skin is well covered.
Treating Sunburn at Home
In case you already have sunburns, the only solution is to figure out how to treat it. If the burns are mild, you can easily treat them at home.
The severity of a sunburn requires the level of treatment you require. A mild burn should go away in a few days; if it doesn’t, you might need to see a doctor.
The symptoms of sunburn you should look out for include redness, swelling, and hot, painful skin. You may also experience blisters if your skin is sensitive.
Here are the remedies you can use at home;
● Take a short cool bath to prevent your skin from drying further.
● Compress a cool, wet cloth on the area to part it dry.
● Take an anti-inflammatory drug that nonsteroidal for pain relief and to prevent inflammation.
● Before peeling off the burnt skin, apply aloe vera lotion for it’s soothing effect.
● Use 1% hydrocortisone cream on much more painful areas to calm the redness.
● Stay hydrated throughout the healing process because sunburns draw fluid from
your body to the skin surface. Wear loose clothing when you’re healing to avoid irritating the burnt areas. The fabric should be soft and breathable as well to speed up the healing process.
Avoid the following activities as they may irritate the skin;
● Using harsh soap
● Using oil-based ointments as they trap heat and worsen your burns
● Popping blisters because you might get an infection
● Using products with lidocaine or benzocaine as they worsen sunburns
● Applying screams to the burnt area
When to seek medical attention
If home remedies do not work, you need to seek medical attention. Usually, you can’t tell how bad your sunburns are until after 12 hours or more.
Pay attention to the symptoms and call your physician if you feel the burns are severe. Here are signs you should seek medical attention;
● Intense pain
● Chills and fever
● Painful blisters
● Headache and confusion
● Fainting or unusual weakness
● Nausea and/or vomiting
● Extreme thirst, sunken eyes
● Rapid breathing and rapid pulse
● Pale skin
● Painful eyes
Sunburns happen to the best of us, that is why you need to learn how to treat them at home. Make sure you purchase sunscreen products from reliable brands to avoid getting hurt by UV rays. If the sunburns are severe, make sure you seek medical attention.
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