If you stay in direct sunlight for a long time, UV rays can damage your skin within just 15 minutes of exposure, especially during summers.
Causes of Sunburn
Sunburn is due to consistent exposure of skin to sun which results into skin redness, irritation and burning of the skin.
There are three wavelengths of ultraviolet light radiated by the sun namely-UVA, UVB and UVC. Although UVC light is not able to make it to the Earth’s surface but the other wavelengths can penetrate beneath your skin. So, the skin damage is a result of both UVA and UVB rays.
Symptoms of sunburn
Following are the visible symptoms of sunburn:
- Changes in skin color (from pink to red and sometimes even purple)
- Skin that feels hot to the touch
- Blisters that are filled with fluids and may even itch and eventually pop or break
How to treat the sun burnt skin?
The following are the ways to deal with the sun burnt skin effectively.
Use compresses for sunburn relief
You can dip a cloth into the cold water and apply it over your skin for 10 to 15 minutes, repeat it as required. Sit under the fan while doing this procedure as it will help to heighten cooling.
Use these foods to soothe your sun burnt skin
The following kitchen staples are an effective DIY remedies for Sunburn Treatment.
Yogurt- Apply yogurt over the sun burnt parts and then take a cool shower to rinse it off.
Moisturizer is must
Applying moisture is must for your sun burnt skin as it helps to soothe the skin surface and prevent peeling and flaking. Using a moisturizer with vitamin C and vitamin E can reduce the skin damage and discomfort. Avoid moisturizers with alcohols, retinols and AHAs.
Bathe with vinegar and baking soda
The following ingredients are effective to reduce pain, itching, and inflammation.
Vinegar- Add 1 cup of white or apple cider vinegar into your bath tub. Make sure you use only cool water for bathing.
Tip: Don’t forget your sunscreen ever!