Welcome Rainy Season Sunburn-Free With These Simple Remedies
by Jace Amodo, May 23, 2019 5:20pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
When parts of the metro experience rainfall in May, it could mean the rainy season is almost upon us. We're leaving behind the things that reverberate the summer siren, and hopefully the relatively undesired summer souvenir: sunburn. Except if you already do, treating this skin condition is crucial to avoid further damaging your skin that may lead to premature skin aging or worse, skin cancer.
It can be exasperating to have a sunburn, so you will want to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to relief. Without further ado, here are basic remedies to get your natural skin back.
Dip and compress
Avoid long exposure to the sun always. Take a quick dip in the pool or a body of water to cool your skin for a few seconds, cover up, and stay in the shade afterward. Proceed with using cold compresses responsibly as a burned skin's not equipped for freezer-level cooling. Alternatively, you can take a cool shower or bath for a few minutes. Stay too long and your skin will dry; use gentle soaps to prevent major discomfort.
Well-versed individuals in the self-care department know how important a moisturizer is. Moisturize damp skin using a gentle moisturizing lotion with SPF15 or SPF30 and repeat every day to keep burned or peeling skin moist. Opt for Aloe Vera if you must; this "wonder plant" can be applied liberally to soothe mild burns and add moisture. Also make sure the moisturizers you use are not petroleum- or oil-based otherwise, you're looking for a worsened burn brought about the trapped heat.
At this point, we're stating the obvious. But as far as sunburn's concerned, the obvious is often neglected. Sun exposure and heat can cause fluid loss through your skin, leaving you dehydrated. Replenish your fluids by drinking plenty of water and sports drinks to replenish electrolytes, immediately and while healing. Your integumentary system will thank you later.
Choose comfy clothes
Your OOTD can either help or worsen the healing process. Wear loose, soft, and breathable clothing to avoid further skin irritation. Too many layers of fabric and you'll trap heat inside your already burned skin.
Ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) can help ease and decrease discomfort and inflammation. but you'll be prone to sensitive skin so stay out of the sun during the healing process. Alternatively, you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). Peeling and scratching your skin when itchy is a big no-no. Take antihistamine or simply keep it moisturized, and leave it alone.
Seek medical help
When all else fails, a professional consultation is your best bet in getting back to your natural skin. Seek clinical care with specialists in dermatology if you have a severe sunburn and blistering over a large part of your body; if you have developed a skin infection due to scratching or popping blisters. If you catch symptoms like fever and chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, or fainting, it can mean you also have heat exhaustion or heat stroke. But don't take our word for it, yet. Go see a doctor.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This quote is especially true in the case of sunburn. The common and best approach for sunburn is prevention through applying layers of sunscreen to the skin prior to going out. It will protect you from getting a sunburn, true, but not when you already feel like getting fried. And it's not only for summer; your skin also deserves the sunscreen protection all-year round because when there’s overexposure to the sun, there’s skin damage. Remember how bad this sunburn felt, then commit to saying “never again”.