I’ve Been Sunburned! What Do I Do?
Well first of all, don’t panic! Everybody comes across sunburn at least once in there lives, sometimes, it’s unavoidable! If you ever do get sunburned, it’s important you first know what to do for sunburn relief during the 3 different phases.
The Phases of Sunburn
Phase 1 – is the most commonly suffered phase of sunburn, but as common as it may be, it’s still painful, and still considered a dangerous stage, albeit the least dangerous. Phase one is more uncomfortable than anything. In minor cases, people find there’s a lot of heat in their skin and, in more serious cases of Phase One, people can find movement difficult (for example, reaching up for things etc) and the affected areas quite sensitive to the touch. Remember, a sunburn is exactly what is sounds like, a burn to the skin caused by the sun, so you need to treat it as such.
Phase 2 – is typically indicated by small blisters. These blisters have been known to cause considerate pain, but as long as they are only small and ‘phase 2’ blisters, they should start to go away within 5-10 days. It’s essential that you do not pierce, pop or scratch them, you must leave them to heal themselves, and let them burst on their own. If you pop them yourself, especially if you have dirty hands, it could cause infection and lead to scarring. If you are unsure as to the seriousness of your blisters, it’s best to seek medical advice.
Phase 3 – is the most painful phase of sunburn, but as well as this, it’s also the most dangerous, so it’s important you know how to recognize it, so that you can immediately seek medical attention. Phase 3 is known to cause large, water filled blisters and skin eruptions. Both these are very dangerous, so it’s imperative you immediately seek medical advice and attention, because if left they can lead to wide-spread infection, and even cellular damage. Similar to phase two, the key to this phase is to not pop your blisters, and try not to scratch them, or rub them after showering, and instead pat them dry. Your doctor should be able to prescribe something to help and prevent infection, so it’s important, upon recognizing these symptoms, you immediately visit your local practitioner.
Some new skin care advice regarding your health and beauty to remember – infrared radiation in sunlight increases levels of free radicals and collagen-destroy enzymes in the skin. Conclusion: sun destroys collagen!
Sunburn Relief Tips
- One main tip is to get out of the sun. A lot of people think that they’re ‘already burned’ so why not stay out for another couple of hours… This is wrong, and by doing this you’re only causing more damage, and worsening your burns. The extra time spent in the sun can cause mild sunburn to progress into blisters, so if you’ve been burned, then get out, and stay out of the sun.
- Another important tip to mention is that most people find it helpful to have cold showers or baths to take the heat out of the skin during phase one. Another sunburn relief tip if you feel like you want to lie in a cold bath forever, is milk and tea. Milk and tea are fantastic when it comes to cooling the skin. Used teabags, put with ice to keep them cool, are often praised as the tea works as an antioxidant and draws heat out of the skin. If you wish to use milk, Apply cool, not cold, milk with a clean cloth or gauze to your skin. The coolness soothes the initial heat felt by the skin and the milk will create a protein film that helps ease the discomfort.
- And when it comes to sunscreen, remember to apply 20 minutes before leaving so it has time to work, and don’t forget an SPF lip balm! Our lips can burn too, and it’s just as uncomfortable, so it’s definitely worth thinking about.
It’s important to remember that sometimes getting sunburned can be unavoidable! But it is somewhat preventable, or at the very least, to reach no further then a minor phase 1. Always remember this skin care advice, for your health and beauty, avoid spending too much time in the sun, especially between 11am – 3pm, when the sun is at its highest and most lethal point. And always apply sunscreen lotion or cream having a minimum SPF of 15. Apply sunscreen in generous amount and reapply it after being in sun for long period. And don’t forget! Sunscreen gets reduced by sweating or swimming.