Are you someone who used to worship the sun in your younger years? If so, you probably remember a time or two (more maybe even more) where you faced a pretty bad sunburn. Maybe you are dealing with one now and you are looking for ways to gain a little relief and also speed up the healing process. While a sunburn will go away on its own, there are certainly measures you can take to make that painful burn a bit easier to bear.
Use a cool compress on the skin to provide a little instant relief. Take soothing, cool soaks in the tub or cool showers to help take the sting away temporarily. There are also some things you can place into the water to help ease the pain such as oatmeal, baking soda or apple cider vinegar. Some of these can help reduce irritation and redness while others will help balance out the skin’s pH.
Look for skin care products that contain sunburn-soothing ingredients like aloe vera. Aloe vera is also a great way to moisturize the skin if you are already dealing with peeling, burned skin.
Also, make sure that you are drinking enough water and staying hydrated. Your skin needs water in order to stay hydrated and moisturized. If you don’t drink enough water then your body won’t have what it needs to help heal your body more efficiently.
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers may also provide temporary relief for moments when the burn is causing you a lot of irritation and discomfort. Just make sure to always follow the instructions and talk to your doctor about whether these over-the-counter medications are safe for you.
Unfortunately, even once the painful red skin has disappeared, its effects can still linger. Maybe you are now dealing with sunspots or hyperpigmented skin thanks to all those years spent basking like a lizard in the hot sun. Fortunately, there are ways to handle skin hyperpigmentation, from applying creams and other skin care products everyday to undergoing laser treatments or chemical peels to remove the outer and most damaged layers of skin to reduce age spots, sun damage and lines and wrinkles.
Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce skin damage caused by the sun and find out whether skin hyperpigmentation treatment is the best way to improve your skin.