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Source: Littlethings

One of the most pleasant and best parts of summer is the time we spend sunbathing, relaxing on the beach and swimming. It doesn't matter what you do, play games or play sports, read a book on the beach or build sand castles with children - you are in the sun. A long pastime in the sun almost always leads to sunburn. He writes about it Littlethings

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Many people do not like to use sunscreen because it is sticky and oily. But in the summer it is necessary for those who love to rest in the sun.

If the sun caught you unawares and burns could not be avoided, remember a few important rules about what not to do with sunburns.

According to the US National Library of Medicine, sunburn is manifested by reddening of the skin, which occurs after you are exposed to the sun or other ultraviolet light. If your skin is reddened, blistered, hot to the touch, and you are shivering - then this is no longer a tan, but a burn.

Things you should never do if you have a sunburn:

1. Don't go back in the sun

As the US National Library of Medicine explains, sunburn signs may not appear until several hours after sun exposure. Therefore, it is important to get out from under direct sunlight when the first symptoms of burning appear.

Dr. Gillian Robbot of Rittenhouse Internal Medicine explains that it is not recommended to put on more sunscreen and stay outside - instead go into the shade or go indoors to get out of the direct rays of the sun.

In addition, if you have already had a sunburn recently, then it is recommended to go out in the sun only after full recovery of the body.

2. Do not try to use the first tan as a base.

Some in pursuit of a beautiful bronze tan, believe that after the skin turned red and took a light tan - you can already continue to sunbathe. But this is the wrong decision. Because lightly tanned skin is as easily burned as unburned.

Dr. Roubotam explains that tanning will not actually protect against sunburn, because tanned skin has only SPF less than 4. And the continuous exposure of the sun to burnt skin can cause damage. And besides - this attitude to the skin increases the risk of developing skin cancer and premature aging.

3. Do not ignore the first symptoms.

If your pastime in the sun is fun, you can easily skip the first symptoms of sunburn. And, unfortunately, most of them appear after a few hours, when it’s impossible to prevent the sad consequences.

If you feel a soft pain or see that your skin is reddened a little - go under the canopy. Damage to your skin can be much worse than you think.

4. Do not help skin peel off

If your skin begins to peel off after sunburn, then you want to help her and remove those pieces that already exfoliate. But this is a bad idea. Dr. Rowbotham explains that you should treat your skin with a soft peeling. Never try to clean it with your fingers or clean it with a loofah or exfoliant.

Instead, just keep your skin hydrated and let it heal on its own.

5. Do not touch the blisters

If your skin is badly burned and blisters begin to appear - do not even think about piercing them. This can lead to infection and scarring. At the site of the bubbles, then scars can remain. If the bubble burst on its own - apply antibiotic ointment on this place and cover with a bandage. If the blisters are left alone, they will disappear on their own within a week.

6. Do not use aloe (especially if this is your first tan)

Some people have allergic reactions to aloe juice. If you have not used aloe preparations or creams before, and also have not used aloe for treatment, then first do a patch test to make sure that you do not have a negative reaction. If you are not allergic to aloe, this can be an excellent substance to relieve pain in the area of ​​the burn.

7. Do not expect that the burns will gradually go away.

Unfortunately, many believe that sunburns will pass and the skin will recover on its own. In order to avoid complications, you need to take additional measures. Moisturizers, cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers can significantly ease pain and help the skin recover faster.

How to give your skin a quick help with sunburn

  • If you feel that your skin is burned, the first thing you need to do is to leave the sun. After that use cool water - a shower, a bath or at least a wet towel. It will cool your body.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water. Heat and sun dehydrate the body.
  • Use moisturizers to maintain your skin. Do not use home remedies such as sour cream, egg whites, butter or petroleum jelly.
  • If your burn is strong enough, and in addition to the effects on the skin, you have symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, fainting, blurred vision, headache, confusion, consult a doctor immediately.

How to prevent sunburn

To prevent sunburns in the future, be careful to leave the house, even in cloudy summer weather, only by applying a sunscreen with a wide spectrum of action, no less than SPF 15.

Be sure to repeat the application on the skin every two hours or after swimming. Keep in mind that clothing and hats can also provide protection from the sun. And be sure to wear sunglasses with UV protection.

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