Being exposed to too much UV rays from the sun can lead to sunburns on your skin. The risk of getting a sunburn is higher when there is no protection through sunscreen, clothes or areas with shade. Here are ways you can soothe sunburns after a long day of #ENDSARS protests.
Disclaimer: Sunburns are different. Thus, the healing period depends on how bad the burn is.
1. Cool baths/showers
To relieve the pain, take frequent cool baths or showers. This can help soothe the inflammation from the sunburn. However, you can also use a cool, damp towel on your skin. Pat your skin dry immediately after your shower (but leave a bit of moisture) and moisturise your skin.
2. Use aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel has healing powers and can help to soothe the irritation from sunburns. If you do not have an aloe vera plant to extract the gel from, use a moisturiser with aloe vera or bottled aloe vera gel.
3. Apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
OTC hydrocortisone cream can be applied about three times daily to reduce swelling. Some hydrocortisone lotions, like Cerave Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream, also stop itching and irritation.
4. Take pain relievers
Taking Ibuprofen or aspirin can help relieve the pain and work against the inflammation. However, avoid ingredients like benzocaine and lidocaine in your pain reliever. They might cause an allergic reaction or irritate your skin even more.
5. Regularly moisturise skin
Moisturising this particular area of your skin frequently can help prevent peeling.
6. Avoid products with petroleum
Petroleum in products trap heat in your skin. Your sunburnt skin definitely does not need more heat irritating it.
7. Stay hydrated
Drink a lot of water to boost skin hydration. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, sunburns draw fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Thus, you need to avoid dehydration by drinking as much water as you can.
8. Cover up and protect while skin heals
As you continue going out to protest, make sure you are taking preventive measure against sunburns. If you already have sunburnt skin, ensure you are covering it up before spending more hours under the sun.
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