"What to do if you get sunburned?" is one of the questions we received a lot of inbox as well as email sent to our company. Especially with temperate weather, if skin is protected well, sunburn can be completely minimized. However, if you suddenly need to go on a long trip, going to the beach in the summer, when the sun is hot, how do you fix the skin damage if a sunburn occurs?
Although you may have used an ultra-high-spectrum broad spectrum sunscreen in combination with many other sun protection measures, these efforts may occasionally fail to provide 100% complete skin protection. Below, we will share some pretty important tips to help you minimize the risk of sunburn, dark skin in these times!
The first sign of sunburn that most people notice is a change in skin color, usually in bright pink areas. This sunburned area will then continue to grow for the next 12 - 24 hours, so it's important to get the next skin care steps properly and as soon as possible.
Here's what you should do as soon as you feel your skin is sunburned:
- Move away from a sunny area, ideally, enter your home or an area completely shaded.
Cool the burned area as soon as possible, use a cold damp compress or an ice pack wrapped with a cotton towel. This cooling remedy can help dispel the dull burning sensation under the skin quickly while effectively reducing skin inflammation. Try to stay cold for a few hours.
If your skin is blistering, apply a fragrance-free moisturizer that contains anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and skin cell-healing properties such as a gel-based product Aloe Vera.
If your skin blisters, use a clean bandage over the burned area to protect the blisters from infection.
Use pain relievers and anti-inflammatory products such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve).
Sunburn can dehydrate your skin, so to help your skin recover, increase your water intake.
- Do not put ice directly on the skin, as ice too cold can cause more skin damage
- Do not cover the sunburned area with a thick layer of ointment because this layer of fat will keep the skin in the heat underneath, causing the burned skin to continue to be damaged.
- Don't just rely on the use of aloe vera gel, in addition to this product should incorporate other sunburn products. Using a moisturizer with an aloe gel or using an aloe gel with a moisturizer will give better results.
When should you see a doctor?
When did you find out that your sunburned area was getting bad and needed the care of a wholesaler? That is when:
- You feel tired or dizzy
- Rapid pulse or rapid breathing
- The skin becomes cold
- Feeling of nausea, fever, chills, or a rash
- Have fever, severe pain, or infection
- You are both sunburned and drunk
Sunburned skin can be painful and uncomfortable, but with proper and thoughtful treatment, it is not a difficult or persistent problem at all. However, it is best to protect the skin well to avoid sunburn as much as possible. How can this be achieved?
- You have checked the expiration date of your sunscreen: no sunscreen can be used forever, most products have a shelf life on the package and an important rule of thumb when using Use is to limit the use of sunscreen that is more than 1 year old. Besides, do not forget to store the sunscreen in a cool, shady place, if the product is opened and exposed to frequent heat or light, it will accidentally decrease the effectiveness of the product.
- Have you been out of the sun during peak hours 10:00 am-2:00pm?
- Do you only use sunscreen without protective clothing, hats, sunglasses?
- Do you seek shade whenever possible?
- Dull or reddened skin but you didn't do anything to protect your skin from sun exposure?
When using sunscreen neither should use too much nor too little. For face and neck use around 7g per area. This is approximately 1 teaspoon for face and the same for the neck - this is a general recommendation of most doctors.
Whenever the area is not protected by clothing, full use of sunscreen should be used, such as the top of the ears, the backs of hands, and feet.
When going to the beach, avoid burying your feet in the sand because the sand can completely remove the amount of sun protection from your feet, accidentally darkening your skin.
After every 2 hours, it is best to reapply sunscreen once, because the sunscreen lapses on more or less to protect the skin well.
Water-resistant sunscreen products may help protect your skin longer, especially if you're sweating or swimming, but don't forget to reapply as you dry.
If sweating a lot or swimming frequently, it is advisable to reapply water-resistant sunscreen for 40 minutes, no matter how much the product has. If the product is labeled "extremely waterproof", this can be extended up to 80 minutes before reapplying.
Here are some skincare ingredients that can increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun, such as:
- AHAs: Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Orange, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, and orange oils
- Lavender oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Plants of the Umbelliferae family, which include parsley, carrots, dill, angelica, anise, dill, chives ...
Hope this information can help you both prevent the risk of sunburn, help you have a better skin protection method, heal sunburned areas quickly, effectively, and keep skin bright and healthy. long time!