Sunburns are sneaky. They happen when you least expect it. Maybe you missed a spot or your sunscreen quit working before you had a chance to re-apply. Whatever the case may be, you suddenly sense that familiar feeling of tightness and stinging. But chin up! Here’s how to treat sunburn and restore your skin to health.
1. Get out of the sun. Go! Quick! The sooner you find shade or shelter, the sooner you put a stop to further damage.
2. Apply a cool compress. Or, if the affected area is large, chill out in a cool-water bath. It's a surefire way take down the heat and pain of a bad sunburn.
3. Seal damp skin with a gentle moisturizer. We use calendula in our line because the plant is thought to be an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. (Historically, it has been used as a wound healer, too.)
4. Drink plenty of water. When you’ve burned your skin, your body sends fluids to the surface in an effort to heal it. Stay hydrated by replenishing those fluids.
5. Be extra careful when you go out. Wear sunblock, a floppy, hat, sunglasses and long sleeves and pants.
6. Call the doctor if your burn doesn’t heal in a few days. If your skin looks and feels worse, have a dermatologist check it out.
7. Soothe dry, itchy peeling spots. A balm (like Calendula Repair) can calm them down and keep you from scratching. Be patient--you’re on the mend!
Photo: Harvey Enrile