Vaseline® After-Sun Skin Care

When it comes to your skin, it is important to remember that healthy, radiant skin is dependent on the way in which you treat it and the skincare products that you use to protect it. When you allow your skin to burn, especially to the point where it blisters, it increases the chances of developing skin cancer. 

According to the Skin Cancer Association, it only takes one blistering case of sunburn in childhood or adolescence that could double your chance of developing melanoma, a malignant tumour that is associated with skin cancer, later in life! Despite the warnings, we often find ourselves spending time in the sunshine. Ensure that you take care of your skin by following these simple yet effective skincare tips:

Vaseline® After-Sun Skin Care
  • Prevent Sunburn
    It’s important to protect your skin against the damaging effects of sunburn when you’re outdoors by wearing protective clothing and coating your skin with a good quality sunscreen. Avoid direct sun contact between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their most powerful.
  • Book a Check-Up with a Dermatologist
    If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun, it’s advisable to visit a dermatologist to have your skin checked and screened. Dermatologists will take a thorough look at any moles or beauty marks and will be able to pick up any irregularities or problematic skin conditions. A yearly visit to the dermatologist is recommended to ensure optimum skin health.
  • How to Treat Sunburn
    If you find that you have spent one too many hours absorbing the sun’s rays, it is best to treat your sunburn as quickly as possible. Sunburn can cause long lasting damage to the skin, which is why it’s essential to use the correct skin treatment to soothe any discomfort and help the skin recover. Soak in a cool bath for 10 to 20 minutes. The cool temperature should ease the pain and sting while the cool water soothes the sunburn and will help the redness subside. Avoid fragranced skin products, bubbles, bath salt or oils and don’t wash your skin with soap – all of these products can irritate the skin even further. Don’t rub yourself dry with a towel - instead, allow your body to air-dry naturally.
    Aloe is the ultimate skin treatment. It soothes, softens and moisturises. Aloe also replenishes skin with a burst of sheer hydration and is an effective treatment for sunburnt skin. Apply some Vaseline® Intensive Care: Aloe Soothe body lotion that has instant soothing properties and will offer much needed relief. It’s non-sticky and will leave the skin feeling cool and hydrated. If you have managed to burn your lips or sensitive areas on your face, be sure to use ice cubes to blot the areas which are most uncomfortable. Once the burning has subsided, be sure to make use of Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly Aloe Fresh which will assist in rehydrating sun burnt skin.
    Sunburn can severely dehydrate the body, resulting in headaches and nausea. It is essential that you re-hydrate your body by drinking plenty of water while you recover. Substitute sugary foods and drinks with fresh fruit and chilled water as excessive amounts of sugar will exacerbate the side effects of the sunburn.
    If you’re venturing outside with an already sunburnt skin, ensure that you stay in the shade and wear light, protective clothing over the affected areas. Protect your skin with a moisturising sunscreen with an SPF of 50 to prevent any further damage. Remember, any UV rays that penetrate your sunburnt skin will result in blistering and trigger more discomfort.
When it comes to sunburn, prevention is better than cure. Be sure to remember this the next time you spend the day at the beach or poolside.