Even if you do your best to apply a high factor sunscreen, sometimes sunburn still happens. You probably already know that you should be wearing an SPF everyday but after spending four months cooped up indoors, it might come as no surprise when you spot a little redness on your shoulders or back. If you are faced with patches of uncomfortable sunburn, here’s how to provide your skin some much-needed relief…
Take A Cool Bath Or Shower
Bathing in hot water can irritate your already aggravated skin, but relaxing in a tub of cool water or underneath a cold shower can help to ease some of that inflammation and discomfort. As soon as you get out of the tub or shower, gently pat yourself dry and apply a moisturiser while your skin is still damp; this helps to trap water into your skin and will reduce dryness and tightness. Don’t have time to cool down in a shower or bath? Try placing a damp, cool towel on the affected area for relief then follow with a moisturiser.
Apply A Soothing Moisturiser
When it comes to ingredients that will soothe stressed skin, a top pick is always going to be Aloe Vera thanks to its calming and nourishing properties. It can be found in COOLA’s ER+ Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion which is a deeply hydrating and soothing body lotion that can be applied after sun exposure to quickly minimise redness, itchiness and tightness. It also contains Agave Extract and Lavender Oil which further repair and comfort, reducing sensitivity and restoring the skin back to its pre-sun damaged state.
Take An Anti-Inflammatory and Rehydrate
Your body will react to sunburn in the same way that it reacts to any kind of injury by becoming red and sometimes swollen. By taking an anti-inflammatory tablet, you can help tackle any inflammation, swelling and redness, plus it will ease any sun damage-induced pain. The inflammation caused by sun damage can also cause our bodies to become dehydrated as it draws fluids to the skin’s surface, away from the rest of the body, so to compensate, drink plenty of H2O.
Choose A Cooling Mask
If you’re dealing with a sunburnt complexion, the last thing you’re going to want to do is overload it with products, however, we recommend applying a skin-cooling mask to help ease some of the redness and discomfort. We love iS Clinical’s Hydra Intensive Cooling Masque which is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Rosemary Leaf Oil and Resveratrol which quickly hydrate and soothe the skin. This refreshing mask takes the sting and discomfort out of sunburnt skin and will leave your complexion calm and smooth after just one use.
Fight Free Radical Damage
While your sunburn might heal within a few days, the free radical damage that comes with it is irreversible. UV light promotes the production of free radicals within the skin which can attack our collagen and elastin stores as well as the DNA of our skin cells. Unfortunately, this is what causes premature signs of aging and increases our risk of skin cancer. Although we can’t undo this damage, we can help to minimise the harmful effects by applying a Vitamin C serum daily, such as the SkinCeutical’s C E Ferulic. This serum contains an advanced blend of 15% Vitamin C, 1% Vitamin E and 0.5% Ferulic Acid which work together to actively defend the skin cells and collagen stores against damage and destruction.