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.