So You Forgot Sunscreen? Here's What Dermatologists Recommend to Ease the Burn
No intro, no fluff, just right to the good stuff. If you're feeling the burn you need relief, and fast! Here are the top tips dermatologists recommend for treating a sunburn as soon as you get it.
GET OUT OF THE SUN
Perhaps obvious advice here, but if you're still enjoying your vacation it can be tempting to stay outside, sunburn and all. While you are healing, it is best to stay in the shade and wear tightly woven clothing over your burn to avoid more UV exposure.
Being out in the sunlight and heat can dehydrate you. The American Association of Dermatology (AAD) explains, "A sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body." Drink water throughout the day, especially after a lot of sun exposure to help your body heal and hydrate.
TAKE COOL BATHS OR SHOWERS
You can take cool baths or showers as often as you want to help ease the pain. The cold water will feel heavenly on your burning skin.
The AAD recommends patting yourself dry and applying moisturizer immediately afterwards so your skin retains some moisture.
USE A MOISTURIZER THAT CONTAINS ALOE
According to the AAD it is best to, "use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy to help soothe sunburned skin." Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to treat sunburned skin. Not only is aloe soothing and cooling, it contains antioxidants and is antimicrobial, helping prevent the growth of bacteria.
Oxygenetix Hydro-Matrix is a powerful moisturizer that is formulated with an aloe barbadensis base, making it extremely soothing on sunburned skin. Hydro-Matrix has been used to treat skin after laser procedures since its inception. This moisturizer was formulated specifically to help heal and soothe extremely compromised skin, so it is safe for all skin types and will give your sunburned skin the relief it needs!
DO NOT POP BLISTERS
The AAD cautions, "Blistering skin means you have a second-degree sunburn. You should not pop the blisters, as blisters form to help your skin heal and protect you from infection."
Blisters take around 7-10 days to heal, and if you don't pop them the blister is a sterile environment for healing. Use bandages to cover ones you are tempted to pop and let them do their thing.
Make sure to stock up on your Hydro-Matrix in case of sunscreen mishaps, and have fun soaking up the sun!