THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF SUNBURN
Summer is here, and if you’re looking forward to sun-filled days, knowing the ins and outs of sun exposure is a must. Soaking up the sun has its pros and cons; you’ll certainly get your much needed vitamin D dose, but if you stay in the sun for too long, you’re at risk of sunburn. Even if you’re not on an island holiday, there are many everyday outdoor activities like going to the local sport club, hiking or going to the beach where it’s really important to know your sunburn ABCs.
Dermatologists believe that spending more than 20 minutes in the sun without sunscreen puts you at risk of sunburn. People with darker shade of skin are at less risk and can stay longer in the sun because of a skin pigment called melanin. However, that does not mean darker skin tones don’t need sun protection. The sun doesn’t have favourites and can burn any skin tone if the correct protection hasn’t been used.
Unfortunately, you cannot reverse sunburn or the damage done to your skin, so prevention is first prize. But there are effective ways for treating sunburn. If your skin is a little tender, sore and red from too much sun exposure, try some of these do’s and don’ts to treat it.
1. Do stay out of the sun
We know it sounds obvious, but you need to avoid any further sun exposure if you’re suffering from sunburn. If you’re unable to stay indoors, take refuge in shady areas or protect yourself under an umbrella. The less contact your skin makes with the sun, the better and faster your skin will heal.
2. Do stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is another proven sunburn treatment. Sun exposure is typically dehydrating and damaged skin is at risk of moisture loss. Ensure you double your water intake for the first two days to help speed up the healing time.
3. Do apply an after sun/soothing lotion
Sunburn lasts anywhere between three to five days and, depending on the degree of your sunburn, those days can be painful. Applying a soothing and moisturizing cream can speed up the healing. Dawn Chamomile and Moringa Oil Body Lotion is fragrance free and contains the soothing properties of Chamomile. Chamomile helps to calm skin inflammation and redness. Apply gently to the affected skin and ideally leave uncovered where possible.
4. Don’t overlook anti-inflammatory medication
Treating sunburn can be helped by taking anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, to reduce pain and inflammation. Ensure you take the recommended dose, for the first few days only until the worst of the stinging and potential swelling has subsided.
5. Don’t wear tight clothing
Sunburn alone is already uncomfortable and painful, don’t add to the discomfort by wearing tight clothing. It is better to wear loose clothing to allow your sunburn to heal. If you do go outside, apply SPF to your skin for extra protection against the sun.
6. Don’t apply ice directly or pop blisters
Blisters indicate second-degree burn, ouch! It might be tempting to pop blisters but it’s our skin’s natural way of preventing infection. Rather don’t touch them and allow them to heal naturally. If in any doubt or you have concerns, see a pharmacist or doctor for advice.
Protect your skin so you can enjoy summer to its fullest. Beach days, hikes and tours with friends and family are fantastic activities during this season, but be sure to wear your SPF or you’ll not only ruin your fun, but your skin too.
Dawn is passionate about skincare. We have a wide selection of creams and lotions for every skin type. Whether your skin is dehydrated, sensitive or even combination, Dawn caters to everyone to help you feel beautiful in your skin.