Summer! It’s a time of relaxation, extra hours of daylight, fun in the water, sunshine, and, unfortunately, possible sunburn. We at Wellspring Plastic Surgery definitely recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 when you are spending time outside. However, we know that sometimes, despite your best efforts, you can still end up crisping in the sun. We would like to help you take care of your sunburn, allowing your body to heal quickly with as little discomfort as possible.
Here are 5 ways to treat your tormented skin.
1. Moisturize. You can take cool baths or showers to make your burnt skin feel a bit better. Pat dry (rubbing your sunburn can result in spontaneous cursing). Leave a bit of water on your skin though- it can help ease the dryness. Then apply a moisturizer to trap the water in your skin. Using a moisturizer with aloe vera or soy can help to soothe the burn.
2. Hydrocortisone Cream. For those areas that feel particularly uncomfortable, an over the counter hydrocortisone cream can be beneficial. So head to your local drug store to ease your symptoms. Just be sure to avoid products with “-caine” like benzocaine. They can be irritating to your skin, and might even cause an allergic reaction.
3. Hydrate. When your skin is burned, it’s going to pull fluid from the body to the skin’s surface. Be sure to drink extra water to avoid getting dehydrated and assist with the healing process. Hydration is key!
4. Protect Your Skin. After you are already sunburned, it’s important to protect your skin from further damage by the sun. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30. Also, wear clothing that covers your skin when you go outside. Ensure that the fabric is tightly woven so the light can’t get through. I know it’s probably hot, and you are tempted to wear that tank-top, but trust us, you’ll be happier and healthier in the long run.
5. Take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen. A moderate sunburn can cause swelling, redness and pain. If you are medically able, take an aspirin or ibuprofen to try and relieve these symptoms.
* If you just got sunburned on your hands/arms- don’t forget to take off your rings and bracelets. There’s a possibility of swelling as a symptom, and you don’t want to be in any more discomfort than necessary!
Sunburns seem common enough. A temporary annoyance to most. However, too much exposure from the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. That damage can increase a person’s risk for getting skin cancer (American Academy of Dermatology). So please do take care of your skin!
Your friends at Wellspring Plastic Surgery