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Beauty / Health and wellbeing | 05.01.2017

11 excellent ways to take the sting out of sunburn

 

If you’re in Australia and experiencing our dazzling summer sun, it’s likely that you’ve sustained some sort of sunburn (sun damage) in the past few weeks. It’s a cultural initiation and almost impossible to avoid, regardless of how much protection you apply.

Peeling, red, scaly skin is not only painful, it looks unsightly and prematurely ages your skin (not to mention increasing your risk of skin cancer).

So, if you’ve been exposed, here are 11 of the best ways to minimise the duration of the sunburn and assist with the healing process.

Sunburn happens within hours of exposure and can take between one to three days to develop. If you’ve sizzled yourself like a silly sausage, you could be out of action for up to one week. If you’re lobster red and blistered, then you may need to visit a GP for further advice.

Symptoms of severe sunburn can include heat stroke, nausea, dehydration, fever and blistering.

1. Chill out

Jump in a shower or cold bath and lower your core temperature. Avoid using soaps or body washes as these can dry and irritate the acid mantle. Use bicarb soda instead. Dissolve about 100g in a bath and soak to help relieve the sting and inflammation.

2. soft towels

Air dry your skin if possible or use a non-scratchy towel to blot the skin. Avoid rubbing.

3. ice ice baby

Apply a cold pack or wrap a tray of ice cubes in a tea towel or soft cloth and apply to the affected area for 15-20 minute intervals. You can also make aloe vera ice cubes and apply these directly to the skin.

4. Tea time

You can also steep plain black tea bags in hot water. Allow to cool and then apply to sunburn. The natural tannins assist with healing due to their astringent properties and assist with infection if the skin is open and blistered.

5. 'allo aloe

Use straight aloe vera or an aloe-based product such as Mukti Organics Aloe Vera Moisturiser and apply directly and liberally to the sunburnt area. Reapply as required.

6. Totally oaty    

Oatmeal is also a great home remedy. Simply place in a muslin cloth and steep with cool water then dab on the skin. 

7. Magic marigold

Once the redness has subsided use our Marigold Hydrating Crème infused with calendula, gotu kola and vitamin E to sooth and repair any sun damage. 

8. Scale it back     

Avoid further sun exposure. Remember any change in the colour of the skin, is an indication of sun damage and not health. A little bit of Vitamin D from the sun is necessary, but make sure you expose yourself at the right time of the day for the right amount of time.

9. Hands off

If your skin has been burnt, it is highly likely you will peel regardless of how much moisturiser you apply. Keep your skin well hydrated and avoid picking, pulling or peeling the skin off.

10. Comfy clothing

Wear loose fitting, breathable, natural fabrics to allow air to circulate and prevent irritation and rubbing.

11. High-five some H20

Drink loads of water to rehydrate and internally and topically.  

The best Mukti Organics products to prevent and reduce pigmentation are our Tinted Moisturiser with Sunscreen (approx. SPF 30), our Vital C Elixir and our Age Defiance Night Serum.

Do you have any tricks or tips for sunburn? We’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment and you'll go into our bi-monthly draw to win free mukti products.

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