After Sun Skin
Allowing your skin to burn, especially to the point that it blisters, increases your chance of developing skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Association, just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence could double your chance of developing melanoma (a malignant tumor associated with skin cancer) later in life!
It’s important to protect your skin against sunburn when you’re outdoors by wearing protective clothing and coating your skin with a good sunscreen. Avoid direct sun contact between the hours of 11am-3pm when the sun’s rays at their most powerful.
How to treat sunburn
Sunburn can cause long lasting damage to the skin, so it’s essential to use the correct skin treatment to soothe any discomfort and help the skin recover. Soak in a cool bath for 10 – 20 minutes. The cool temperature should ease the pain and sting while the water will soothe the sunburn. Avoid fragranced skin products, bubbles, bath salt or oils and don’t wash your skin with soap – all these products can irritate the skin even further. Don’t rub yourself dry with a towel – instead, allow your body to air-dry naturally.
Aloe is the ultimate skin treatment. It soothes, softens and moisturises. Aloe replenishes skin with a burst of sheer hydration and is an effective treatment for sunburnt skin. Apply some Vaseline aloe soothe lotion that has instant soothing properties and will offer much needed relief. It’s non sticky and leaves the skin cool and hydrated.
Sunburn can severely dehydrate the body, resulting in headaches and nausea. It is essential that you re-hydrate your body by drinking plenty water while you recover.
If you’re venturing outside with sunburn, ensure you stay in the shade and wear light, protective clothing over the affected areas. Make sure you protect your skin with an SPF 50 to prevent any further damage. Remember, any UV rays that penetrate your sunburnt skin will result in blistering and trigger more discomfort.
When it comes to sunburn, prevention is better than cure. Remember that next time you spend the day outdoors in the sun.