How to deal with Sunburn
If you love roaming and playing outdoors despite getting hot, then you may develop sunburn. Sunburn is caused due to overexposure of your body parts to sunlight. When your body rests too much in sunlight, Sunburn happens. Sunburn is caused to your body because Sunlight has UV rays(ultraviolet rays) continuous exposure to which raise the amount of melanin present in your body which darkens your skin.
But do not worry if you follow these simple tips you can avoid sunburn.
- Drink very often: Dehydration is your worst enemy when it comes to sunburn. Don’t forget to refill yourself with fresh juice and cold water after you spend too much time in the sun. Drinking the proper amount of water helps in maintaining your body balance and revives cells by proving them a sufficient amount of water. You should take ice tea or mint tea on a regular basis during hot summer days so that it will keep you cool and refreshed. Also, cool milkshakes and smoothies turn up to be great when fighting the sun.
- Cucumber and melons: Eating cucumber is very helpful during hot summer days as it cools down your body and gives you instant relief. Its antioxidant and analgesic properties make it special for your summer. Melon, on the other hand, contains 90% water by mass and helps in maintaining proper pH levels of your body.
- Neem and Menthol to the rescue: Neem is also known as Indian Lilac, has been an integral part of Ayurveda for the benefits associated with it. Use menthol powder to get rid of burning sensations on your skin, and you can also apply neem paste made by grinding neem leaves on your skin to remove sun tan.
- Choose Proper Sunscreen: Sunscreen follows an important role while you move out during the hot sun. Select a sunscreen cream that covers a broad spectrum. The sun produces ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays burn your skin, while UVA rays cause premature aging. For best protection, you should use a sunscreen that protects against both types of rays. So next time must check the label to ensure that the sunscreen you get is broad-spectrum protection.
- Dress up Wisely: Sometimes, we have to go outside during the sun’s peak hours, so the key to preventing sunburn is to cover yourself up with suitable clothing. Tank tops and shorts do not protect you as much long-sleeve shirts and pants do. They help block the sun more efficiently. The more you cover up yourself, the less is your exposure to sunlight. Also, loose-fitting clothing made such as nylon, lycra, and acrylic offers the best protection from the sun. Avoid dark clothing as it absorbs more sunlight rather than reflecting it. Choose cool colors like shades of blue and white.
- Use Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera gel has cool and soothing effects when applied to your skin. It sucks the sting and redness right out of your sunburn as it contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids, and amino acids. It’s handy to have a plant growing in your house. If you rather prefer not having the plant, get some good quality aloe vera gel from the market and apply it gently on your skin areas that capture sunlight.
- Do not use soap: Using soaps while having sunburn worsens it sometimes. Likewise, you should avoid bubble baths. If you must use soap, use only a mild brand and rinse it off very well. Do not take a steam bath when you have a sunburn. A Cool bath is an alternative. Add vinegar, menthol powder to bath-tub to reduce pain, itching, and inflammation. Afterward, gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Do not rub your skin, or you’ll irritate it further.
- Freeze yourself: Reach for something cold, an ice pack provides relief if the burn is mild. Wrap some ice in a thin cloth or plastic bag and hold it over the sunburn. It will definitely make you feel at ease.
- Find a shade: If you stay outdoors, choose areas where the sun doesn’t reach, such as beneath a large, leafy tree. If you go to a beach, bring an umbrella, portable canopy, or tent that can shield you from the sun.
- Check your meds/Get advised by a doctor: Many antibiotics, creams, pills, and antifungal medication can make you ultra-sensitive to the sun. Read the side effects of your medications. Some medications or food sometimes trigger sunburn action in your body. If you find yourself getting burned easier and on a more frequent basis than usual then check with your doctor.