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Quick Guide: Properly Treat and/or Prevent Sunburn

6th Jul 2020

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Sunburn care is essential, not just during the hotter seasons but all year long. The sun can damage your skin with free radicals. Frequent sunburns can increase signs of aging and cause discomfort. Prevention with medical-grade skin care is best. Do what you can to prevent a burn and, if it happens, turn to our professional tips for sunburn skincare to heal your skin and restore its natural beauty.

Sunburn Prevention

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The best sunburn care is always to avoid getting a sunburn altogether.

Fortunately, preventing sunburn is fairly easy. In fact, it all comes down to habits. For example, get used to applying sunscreen on any exposed skin before you leave the house, even if you only intend to be in the sun for an hour or two. Apply it about 15 minutes before you plan to go outside to give your skin time to absorb it. As an essential sunburn skincare pro tip, remember to reapply your sunblock every two or three hours when you’re hanging out in the sun and every hour or so if you’re sweating or swimming.

Avoiding the sun’s peak hours is a smart habit to develop, too. The sun is brightest and hottest between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, although that may vary depending on where you live or the season. The summer sun is notoriously hot and long. It’s impossible to stay indoors during that span all of the time, but you can at least limit your exposure to the sun during its fiercest hours.

You can wear other types of protection, as well. In addition to wearing preventative skincare, you can wear clothes and accessories that shield you from the sun. There’s plenty of apparel made with UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor, materials. To be stylish as well as sun-savvy, pair your protective clothing with a brimmed hat and anti-UV sunglasses.

Sunburn Treatments

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Sometimes, despite your best efforts at sunburn care, you can spend a bit too much time in the sun and get a sunburn anyway. It’s uncomfortable, but the good news is that there are several ways to treat the problem that should bring you some relief.

Hydrating is one way to soothe your sunburn. Being under the blazing sun too long can dehydrate your skin. Drinking water afterward will bring back some of the moisture that you’ve lost, which ought to make you feel better.

Moisturizing your skin is an effective means of sunburn skincare, as well. Drinking water is helpful, but you need to moisturize your dry, red skin from the outside in to truly relieve the pain. Look for a lotion or moisturizer that has aloe.

If your sunburn leads to any blisters, resist the urge to pop them. Give them time to heal. Moisturize them often. When it hurts, try slathering on aloe and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory.

To further protect your skin from sun damage, look for products that have collagen-boosting properties. Anything with vitamin C is ideal, as well.

Many of our products are perfect for sunburn care, so shop at Salameh Skin Care to help with your burn.

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