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Protect Your Skin From Sunburn

Are you dreading the perpetual sun exposure that comes along with summer? Take adequate precautions to avoid sunburn, say experts

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Are you dreading the perpetual sun exposure that comes along with summer? Take adequate precautions to avoid sunburn, say experts.

Here are some helpful tips and remedies you can follow in summer to protect yourself from sunburn. The suggestions are by Puneet Madan, MD (Dermatology) at Doctor Insta, and beauty expert Aakriti Kochar:

* Try staying out of sun between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: The sun is at its strongest during these six hours. If possible, try and avoid keeping any activities during these hours. But in case it is of importance, try and stay in the shade as much as possible.

* Always use sunscreen: Never step out in the sun without applying sunscreen. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out and try and reapply every two to three hours. It is advisable to use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 and above.

Always use sunscreen to protect damage from sunburn
Always use sunscreen to protect damage from sunburn. Pixabay

* Don’t be lenient when it’s cloudy: A cloudy day can give a false sense of security, but unfortunately the sun rays can even penetrate through the clouds and can give you sunburn. Even when it’s cloudy, remember to keep reapplying sunscreen.

* Don’t ignore lips, ears, scalp and feet: Lips, ears, scalp ad feet are the common parts which we usually forget to cover. Many lip balms nowadays come with SPF. For your feet, either wear covered shoes or socks to cover them, while your head and ears can be covered with a scarf. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your feet and ears too.

* Don’t forget sunscreen on the beach: Wear a sun block especially in coastal areas or while you’re in the water as the body tends to feel more burn in scorching heat when you are in water.

Also Read: Benefits Of Jojoba Oil For Beautiful Skin & Hair

* After-sun measures: Always make sure to develop and maintain an after-sun routine like applying cooling lotion or coconut oil on sun burnt areas to avoid sunburn and soothe affected skin. Applying aloe vera on sun burnt areas also helps soothe sunburn, removes tan and helps reduce in stretch marks.

* Consume vitamin enriched foods: Consuming Vitamin D rich foods like fermented cod liver oil help supplement vitamin D balance in your body and build a stronger immune system against sun burns. (Bollywood Country)

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Treat Sunburn with Cool Bath, Aloe

Here are some tips to repair skin, reports huffingtonpost.com:

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If you're away from home and can't catch a bath, apply aloe vera. Pixabay

If you step out of your house without sunscreen and if your skin turns blazing red, its better to move inside. Also bathe with cold water and use aloe to treat sunburn.

Here are some tips to repair skin, reports huffingtonpost.com:

* Stay away from sun: As soon as a sunburn becomes evident, get out of the sun. Some damage has already been done, and you don’t want to harm your skin any more. Stay out of the sun until the burn fades.

* Assess the damage: If a couple of small blisters pop up, it’s safe to treat the burn at home. But if you develop blisters on more than 20 percent of your body, seek medical attention immediately.

Take a bath to cool down the skin gently.
Take a bath to cool down the skin gently. Pixabay

* Take a cool bath: It’s also important to cool the skin down. But skip the shower. The continual blast of water on your scorched skin will not feel good. Take a bath to cool down the skin gently. Also skip the soap, which will dry the skin out even more.

Instead, add a few scoops of baking soda to your bath. It’s cooling and helps your skin retain moisture.

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* Use aloe: If you’re away from home and can’t catch a bath, apply aloe vera. Aloe is a cooling agent and anti-inflammatory. Get the oozy juice straight from an aloe plant if you have one, or else use a store-bought gel.

* Apply lots of lotion: After your bath, slather on lotion. But if you have any small blisters, leave those spots alone. When choosing a lotion, reach for something that is both moisturising and hydrating. (Bollywood Country)

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