What is most notable about sunburns is that you don’t feel the effects of being sunburned right away. It takes a few hours before you can actually notice the redness and feel the pain of being exposed too much in the sun. What is dangerous about this is that you could already be extremely sunburned and you wouldn’t even know it. You would stay for another few hours in the sun, damaging your skin even more. So when sunburn sets in and you notice the effects on your skin, you better know what to do to help relieve the excruciating pain that could follow.
ALLEVIATE PAIN OR DISCOMFORT
After extreme sun exposure you are bound to experience blistering, redness of skin, and skin becomes painful when touched. Here are some ways to help treat sunburns:
- Aloe Vera – whether you use an aloe vera gel or the aloe vera plant itself, you will surely experience a soothing effect. Native to desert climates, aloe vera is known to soothe burns, skin irritations, rashes, and is famous for its cooling effects on the skin. This cooling effect is perfect for hot, sunburned skin. Using the aloe vera plant or gel will temporarily relieve pain that is associated with sunburns. You can either directly apply the natural gel from the plant itself or purchase an aloe vera gel in supermarkets and drugstores.
- Argan Oil – yet another effective and natural treatment for sunburns, argan oil has antioxidants that does not only help give a soothing effect to skin – it actually helps repair sun damaged skin. Rich in vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids that work wonders for the skin, argan oil is an all natural oil that will help you get your natural skin back quickly.
- Ibuprofen – when discomfort and pain sets in, they are bound to disrupt your daily activities and your sleep. Depending on the extremity of the sunburns, pain and burning sensations may last for more than 2 days. Alleviating this pain would require you to take a healthy and prescribed amount of anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. Ask your doctor about medications that could ease the pain and follow only the prescribed amount that should be taken.
- Gauze Bandages – for extremely burned skin, use gauze bandages when open wounds appear after blistering. The gauze bandages will help protect your skin from possible infection. But remember to always consult your doctor especially for severe sunburns. Any signs of infection such as the formation of pus, seek medical advice to avoid the spreading of the infection.
The sun is a good source of vitamin D but when exposed during peak hours where the sun’s rays are strongest and most dangerous (10am-4pm), make sure to protect your skin. Wear sunscreens, hats, and use umbrellas. Keep your body hydrated as well as moisture easily evaporates in the sun. Drink a lot of water. Be aware of how long you have been exposed to the sun. And remember, although you don’t see or feel anything, you might already be in the process of getting sunburned.