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Four best sunburn remedies – how to instantly relieve sunburn

Four best sunburn remedies - how to instantly relieve sunburn

Britain is finally getting some well deserved hot weather, after a rather wet spring followed months of lockdown. But with sunshine comes the inevitable sunburn for many of us – so what are the best ways to relieve sunburnt skin?

Sunburn is extremely damaging to your skin, and should be avoided at all costs by wearing a high SPF sun cream.

There’s not much you can do to reverse the damage done to your skin if you do end up getting burnt.

Still, there are steps you can take to mitigate the pain and itching of sunburn, using natural remedies and store bought options.

These can also encourage your skin to heal faster – but there’s no better remedy for sunburn than prevention – covering up and using a good sun cream.

Aspirin

The old standby aspirin is the most effective painkiller at relieving the pain and swelling of mild to moderate sunburn.

Take two tablets every four hours if you’ve caught the sun and the swelling should hopefully begin to go down.

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How to treat sunburn – 5 DIY remedies to soothe your sunburn

Sunburn is an inflammatory reaction to ultraviolet (UV) radiation damage to the skin’s outer layers. At the heart of it all is melanin, a pigment that gives your skin its colour and defends against the sun’s strong rays. Melanin works by darkening your unprotected sun-exposed skin, and the amount your body produces is determined by genetics – which explains why some people burn and others tan. But both are signs of cell damage to the skin, and sunburns can range from mild to full-blown blistering.

How to treat sunburn

Baking soda and oats

Baking soda is, basically, a miracle cure for anything and everything, and it turns out sunburn is no different.

Throw a few heaped teaspoons of baking soda into a bathtub of cool water and soak in it for about 20 minutes, which helps to minimise sun damage.

Adding a cup of oats to the bath also soothes irritation and helps the skin retain its natural moisture.

But don’t scrub your skin either in the bath or when you’re out, and dab yourself with a soft, dry towel rather than rubbing.

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Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea isn’t just good for soothing a stressed mind or unwinding after a long day – it’s excellent for sunburned skin.

Brew the tea as you normally would and let it fully cool down, you can pop it in the fridge to speed this up.

When it’s ready, soak a washcloth in the tea and apply it all over the affected areas.

However, if you’re allergic to pollen then don’t use this treatment as it could cause an allergic reaction within the skin.

Cucumbers and tomatoes

They aren’t just a salad staple – both tomatoes and cucumbers help relieve discomfort and inflammation.

Rub chilled slices of cucumber on your skin burn to relieve the pain, and once they heat up, flip it over and use the cooler side.

You can also apply tomato slices to soothe a bad burn, but eating them helps protect you against future burning too.

Studies have shown that eating tomatoes helps protect you against UV rays.

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How to soothe sunburn – 5 tips for cooling burnt skin

Hot sunny days have been a treat for Brits in recent days, with soaring temperatures reaching up to 29C. Brits have flocked to parks, beaches, gardens to soak up the sun, however, an unfortunate side effect of too much time in the sun and not enough suncream can be sunburn.

Sunburn can strike if the suncream you are wearing has worn away if unprotected areas are exposed to the sun and if your suncream is not high enough factor to prevent sunburn.

We’ve all accidentally sat in the sun too long, forgotten to wear suncream or had a piece of clothing slip and expose skin to the sun without knowing.

Sunburn can cause hot, red and angry skin which is painful, often preventing sleep and causing discomfort.

So what can you do to soothe sunburnt skin? Read on for five top tips.

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As soon as you notice red, pink or sunburnt skin you should take care to get indoors or under shade to prevent further damage.

If you can’t get out of the sun, applying suncream right away can help prevent any worsening.

Once you’ve been sunburnt, there are five things you can do to manage the appearance, pain and side effects.

Begin treating your sunburn as soon as you notice it.

3. Taking ibuprofen can reduce swelling

If your skin is uncomfortable and you notice swelling, you can take ibuprofen.

This will help reduce any swelling, may help reduce redness and will help with discomfort.

4. Drink water

When you are sunburnt, fluid is drawn to the skin’s surface and so can make you dehydrated.

To compensate and prevent dehydration, up your water intake if you have been sunburnt.

5. Protect your skin

While you have sunburnt skin, you should take extra care of it – especially if heading outside again.

You should wear clothing which covers your skin when outdoors, opting for tightly woven fabrics.

To check your fabric is ideal, hold it up to bright light – you should see no light coming through.

If you have been sunburnt, make sure to keep an eye on any symptoms which could turn into sunstroke.

According to the NHS symptoms of sunstroke include

  • a headache
  • dizziness and confusion
  • loss of appetite and feeling sick
  • excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
  • cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
  • fast breathing or pulse
  • a high temperature of 38C or above
  • being very thirsty

The symptoms are often the same in adults and children, although children may become floppy and sleepy.

If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion, they need to be cooled down.

If someone has heat exhaustion, the NHS advises you follow these four steps:

  • Move them to a cool place.
  • Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly.
  • Get them to drink plenty of water. Sports or rehydration drinks are OK.
  • Cool their skin – spray or sponge them with cool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits or neck are good, too.
  • Stay with them until they’re better.
  • They should start to cool down and feel better within 30 minutes.

However, you should call 999 if the person

  • feels unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water
  • not sweating even while feeling too hot
  • a high temperature of 40C or above
  • fast breathing or shortness of breath
  • feeling confused
  • a fit (seizure)
  • loss of consciousness
  • not responsive

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