It’s summer and you know what that means. Sunburns! Whether it was from a nice day on the beach, the pool, or just spending too much time outside, a summer and sunburns go together like wine and the morning after.
I’m sure you know the effects of a sunburn, but what exactly is a sunburn? I’m glad you asked. A sunburn is your skin’s reaction to an overdose of ultraviolet radiation. This overdose causes your skin to take actions to repair the damage, and to protect itself from further damage.
The first thing that your skin does is send in A LOT of blood to the affected area to remove damaged cells and start the healing process. This is why your skin turns red, and also why it swells. It’s called the inflammatory response, and it is here to help. An important first step as soon as you realize that you have a sunburn is to take a bath in cool water for twenty minutes. Don’t make it too cold, either! You may be tempted to empty out your freezer of all its ice and dump it into the water. Don’t. Just fill your bath with cold water and take a soak. Don’t use soap or try to clean yourself. Just fill it, soak in it, and ruminate on what you would have done differently had you known you’d get a sunburn.
The next thing that is going to happen is that your skin will start to feel tight. This is because its losing water since the delicate system that keeps moisture locked in has been damaged. What you’ll want to do is to apply a layer of pure Aloe Vera gel to the sunburn. This is because is has proven healing properties that are incredible for sunburned skin. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antipruritic (relieves itch), anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It’s the anti-inflammatory and antipruritic properties that are what we are really after here. Be sure to test out the Aloe Vera gel on a small patch of non-sunburnt skin first. Some people are allergic to it and the last thing you want is an allergic reaction on top of a sunburn.
Although applying a layer of Aloe Vera will do wonders for you, it won’t help your skin lock in the moisture it is losing. After applying the Aloe Vera gel it is now time to apply a natural moisturizer, like White Petal Aloe Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin. You’ll also want to drink a lot of water. As your skin loses water it will pull water from the rest of your body to compensate. This is why you’ll sometimes get dry-mouth when you have a sunburn.
Now, just rinse and repeat. You’ll want to reapply Aloe Vera gel and moisturizer a few times throughout the day. You can check out this video to see how you can apply Aloe Vera gel straight from an the plant. After a few days will come the next stage. This is where your body tries to protect you from further damage by either peeling, or darkening. We’ll talk about that in the next installation of this article. Until then, use sunscreen!
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