Summer Life Hacks
Sunburn is painful and can spoil your holiday so follow these basic precautions to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Avoid the midday sun
The ultraviolet light is at its most intense between 11am and 3pm, so take particular care between those times.
Keep children covered up
Hats and long sleeve t-shirts are essential when it’s really hot. Consider protective sunsuits for very small children as their skin can burn really fast.
Use a SPF of 30-50
Don’t be misled by claims on high-SPF bottles of suntan lotion. A SPF of 50 or more may give you a false sense of security. A sunscreen with an SPF in the range of 30-50 will give you enough protection. The main thing to remember is to spread it evenly, don’t miss areas, and reapply suntan lotion every so often.
Sometimes sunburn happens despite your best efforts. It can be very painful so follow our simple home remedies to feel better.
Drink loads of liquid
Sunburned skin is dehydrated skin. It’s really important to drink plenty of juice and water. The Vitamin C in Sunny D will help the healing process.
Have a cool bath
If you are suffering from sunburn then sitting in a cool bath for 15-20 minutes can be very soothing and help cool down painful skin. Keep the water cool, not ice-cold, and don’t use ice packs to cool your skin, as they may restrict your blood circulation by compressing blood vessels. Don’t put any soap or bubble bath into the water, and avoid shower gel that might irritate your skin even more.
Use a milk compress
Soak a flannel or towel in cool water or skimmed milk (yes really, stay with us!) Lay it very gently on your sunburn and leave on your skin for 10-15 minutes. It will have warmed up to your body’s temperature by then, so soak in cool water again and reapply.
Power of the plant
Cut off the tip of an aloe vera leaf and squeeze the juice onto your sunburn. Okay, you’re unlikely to be near an aloe vera leaf, but you can buy it as a gel from the chemist. However it’s best to test on a very small area of skin first, as some people are allergic to aloe.
Bring out the coconuts
It’s best not to use coconut as a sunscreen as it has a natural SPF of a mere 4. But it’s great for aftersun treatment, keeping your skin moisturised and soft and helping with itchy skin as sunburn heals.
Plain old yoghurt
Live natural yogurt is amazing for the skin as it contains probiotics and can be used as a facepack or smoothed onto sunburn anywhere on your body. Leave on for at least 10 minutes then rinse off with water. Avoid using any soap or skin cleaners. Repeat a couple of times a day. It can also help to prevent your skin from peeling when the sunburn glow wears off.