How to Deal With Sunburn
Summer is a lovely time but there is a downside – sunburn. The best solution is to ensure you are never sunburned because this is a very unpleasant situation. In fact, sunburn could be very painful and even ruin your vacation.
Sunburn prevents you from moving about normally. It may even be so severe that you are unable to wear clothing because your skin is sore.
Apart from the inconvenience of sunburn, it is also not good for your skin. Very severe sunburn could result in permanent freckling, or at the very worst, skin cancer. The skin cancer may not appear immediately but there is a very real risk it could make an appearance later in life (especially if you continue to spend time in the sun or continue getting sunburned).
Sunburn occurs when your skin reacts to sunshine. The stronger the sunshine the more your skin reacts. The longer you spend in the sun the more your skin reacts. In other words, this is like an allergic reaction to sunshine.
Your skin will get very red and could even start swelling. Sunburn stings and could become very painful. Eventually, the top layer of your skin starts peeling. Once you have sunburn you must stay out of the sun.
To relieve the sting you should have a tepid shower, or bathe in tepid water with Epsom salts. Allow your skin to air dry – don’t rub your skin with a towel. When your skin is nearly dry you can gently apply an aloe gel. Aloe gel is so good for skin ailments that it works very quickly to reduce redness and swelling. Reapply the gel every few hours until your skin feels normal.
Once your skin is healed don’t make the same mistake. Use a high factor sunscreen and wear a hat. If necessary, carry a parasol made of a fabric treated to inhibit bad sun rays.
Very severe sunburn must be medically examined and treated.