How to Treat Sunburn

After spending a day on the beach in your fave bikini, the last thing you want is to realise that you never topped up your sun cream after that early morning swim! It’s easy to forget to top up your SPF when you’re having fun, and even those with the strictest of regimes can get caught out. If you are unlucky enough to get caught with the dreaded sunburn, here at HQhair we’ve got all the tips and tricks to help you treat it.

What Causes Sunburn?

Knowing what causes sunburn is the first step to both preventing it and soothing it too. Sunburn is caused by overexposure to the suns UVA and UVB rays. These rays penetrate the skin, altering your DNA beneath the visible layer. In turn, the visible skin will appear red or pink and with more severe burns, it may blister or swell.

The Dangers of Sunburn

Not only is sunburn painful when it happens, it can also cause longer-term damage which is a lot more serious. Most people are aware that exposure to the UV rays can cause melanoma skin cancer, but aren’t aware of how little sun you need to increase that risk. Getting sunburn just once every two years can triple your risk of developing skin cancer, so it’s important to spend those few minutes topping up your SPF.

How to Treat Sunburn

Once you’ve been burnt, the damage is already done. However, there are plenty of things you can do to soothe the pain and redness.

  • Cool Baths – Taking a cool bath or shower will ease the pain by taking the heat out of the skin.
  • Moisturise – After showering, moisturise your skin with a cream containing aloe vera. This will hydrate and soothe the skin, reducing dryness and preventing peeling.
  • Drink Water – Staying hydrated from the inside will help to keep your skin hydrated. Also, as sunburn can dehydrate you, this will ensure that your fluids stay topped up.
  • Keep Covered – If you’re going out into the sun again the next day, wear a light layer over the burnt areas to protect it from direct contact with the sun’s rays.
  • Use After-sun – As soon as you come inside from being out in the sun, apply an aftersun to keep the skin hydrated. This can prevent the pain, dryness and peeling from developing.

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