The One Thing to Avoid in Case of Sunburn

Unless you live in a cave or a dungeon, there is nothing you can do to avoid the sun, completely. In fact, it is not advisable to shun sunlight as it is a naturally rich source of Vitamin D. But if you are not prepared (read: stepping out without applying a high SPF sun-screen), you can be prone to sunburn.

Healing Tips for Sunburns

Not to be confused with the Indian EDM music festival, sunburn is characterized by blistered, red itchy skin accompanied by flu-like symptoms. According to CDC, more than one-third of US adults were sunburnt in 2019. As sunburnt skin tends to itch, you may be tempted to peel that layer off. But, don’t as it may interfere with the natural healing mechanism of the body and delay the overall healing.

Avoiding cigarettes and nicotine-based substances also speeds up healing. So does avoiding the sun for time being. Any harsh exposure under the sunlight can aggravate the sunburn and result in a chronic skin condition. If you don’t have the luxury to avoid the sun completely, take ample precautions to protect yourself from further sun damage. Carry an umbrella with you, wear clothes that cover your skin, and dab on a high SPF sunscreen before you head out.

Treating the Burns

To alleviate pain, take a painkiller or a cold shower. You can reduce the flare-up by applying soothing aloe vera gel on the affected area. Blessed with Vitamin A, C, and E, aloe vera has been used since time immemorial to treat minor burns and skin conditions. The other sure-shot way of healing rapidly is to maintain hydration levels in your body. To do that, keep yourself hydrated. Drink infused water, juices or keep a check on your fluid intake at regular intervals. Commit yourself to take care of your body. In return, your body will thank you for healing quicker.