Keeping sunburn at bay

Last Updated 15 May 2014, 14:16 IST

While the sun rays are playing nasty games, sunburnt skin has become a common thing in the City. Here are some remedies for sunburn —

Place a cool compress on the affected area.

Take a cool shower or bath. The cold water will fight off swelling from the heat and lower your body temperature. Avoid soaps and bath gel, as harsh cleansers will further irritate your skin.

Use lotions that contain aloe vera to soothe and moisturise skin. If you are out of aloe vera, then just grab some non-perfumed and non-dyed moisturising lotion instead.

Hydrocortisone creams will help relieve sunburn pain, itch, and swelling.

Cucumbers have natural antioxidants and analgesic properties. Mash chilled cucumbers in a blender to create a paste, and apply on the affected areas including the face for immediate cooling.

Applying cool milk with a clean cloth on the skin, will create a protein film that helps ease the discomfort.

Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement for relief.

While the burn is at its worst, make sure to rest in a dark, cool room and try to sleep away the pain.

Apply freshly brewed tea after it has been cooled to skin using a clean cloth.

The tannic acid in the black tea helps draw heat from sunburnt skin.

If you have a bad sunburn which causes painful blisters and you have difficulty     breathing, feel nauseated or have a fever and the chills, consult a doctor immediately.

(Published 15 May 2014, 14:16 IST)

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