Wednesday 18 July 2018

Ouch! Five ways to ease sunburn

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Image: Getty
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

With temperatures hitting 27 degrees across the country, these five tips for sunburn relief are sure to come as a blessing for the unfortunate souls who are covered in painful, red stripes after failing to keep safe in the sun.

If you find yourself among the group of sunburn warriors, Jennifer Rock, a.k.a. The Skin Nerd, told Independent.ie five ways to treat the burns and make the experience as painless as possible.

1. Keep cool

Keep the skin cool, not cold, and keep it moist to prevent cracking. Treat it as a wound as it may blister. Do not use ice - extreme temperatures will exacerbate the issue.

2. Treat the burn

Apply a burn cream, aloe vera or yogurt to sedate and cool a minor burn. If it is a significant burn, treat it as such and seek advice form your pharmacist or GP.

3. Avoid fat-based treatments

Refrain from applying oils and fat based after-suns as they will lock in heat, trapping it and preventing the body's natural healing ability and thermostat to activate.

4. Use a specialised oil

Once the initial burn has healed, Jennifer recommends using Environ body oil which is packed full of cosmeceutical strength Vitamin A to assist the repair of damage as much as possible - it is DNA cell damage. This brand was created for skin cancer patients so it is highly effective.

5. Maximise protection

Going forward, be sure to apply 25ml of SPF per limb every two hours to maximise protection from sun damage. It's not just the factor on the bottle that counts but the way you apply, the amount and how often that makes all the difference.

For more information about The Skin Nerd, visit theskinnerd.ie and follow @theskinnerdire on Instagram.

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