It’s not easy to keep track of time when you are out having fun. We may leave our homes applying sunscreen and being diligent about sun safety. The question is do we re-apply every few hours to stay shielded? Protecting skin seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day is undeniably a task. It is easy for the relentless sun to catch up with you and leave you with a burn.
Although a temporary annoyance, have you experienced redness, discoloration, itchiness or blistering on sun-exposed skin? A combination of a couple or more of these symptoms could indicate sunburn.
If you believe it has to be sunny to end up with a sunburn, you have got it wrong. Did you know you could get sunburnt even on an overcast day? The sun won’t be shining, but a high percentage of UV rays can still penetrate clouds and find its way to your skin. Love outdoor workouts? That’s great, but also welcome a higher risk of frequent sunburn. Repeated sunburns with no after-care can eventually wipe out your youth like it never existed!
Why should you care? Sunburn brings along swelling, blisters, itchiness, and a few more undesirable reactions. Wait, the drama does not end here! The effects of sunburn go beyond mere temporary redness and pain. Sunburn accelerates premature aging and is a leading cause of Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Sure, sunshine can instantly lift our moods, yet sometimes, too much of it can be unwelcoming. Although, just as in life despite the best of intentions, accidents can happen. Even if you are sun kissed, relax. Yes, you can survive sunburn without going crazy.
The good news is that you can reverse the damage caused. What is the best time to start? Today.
We have curated a list of products to give you a break from the sun and help accelerate the treatment of sunburned skin.
Products to Treat Sunburn
The humble Aloe Vera has always been synonymous with post-sunburn care. The water-rich pulp of this plant is known for its soothing and hydrating properties. WOW Skin Science Aloe Vera Multipurpose Beauty Gel contains the goodness of succulent Aloe Vera leaves to calm inflamed skin. This gel is blessed with Citric Acid that lightens pigmentation and Xanthan Gum that reduces dryness to help keep skin moisturized. Are you ready to stay dewy and hydrated?
Wish you could stay hydrated and protected from the sun with just a few spritzes? Most of the sun-care products tend to be cream based which prove to be a deterrent for people with oily or sensitive skin. Enter Avene Thermal Spring Water that is a relaxing respite from heat and provides you with a soothing comfort. We recommend this sunburn cream for hypersensitive or irritated skin. The best part: this hydrating formula protects your skin without making it oily.
The Indian Gooseberry or Amla with its Vitamin C and antioxidant-rich properties helps reduce pigmentation or dark spots. A skin healer – Punarnava balances, tones and regenerates skin. Infused with Vitamin E – Lychee soothes sunburn induced irritation. Lotus Professional Phyto-Rx Whitening & Brightening Creme is packed with benefits of all three to regulate the production of melanin and help achieve an even skin tone.
Cucumber extracts help restore blemish-free skin while helping get rid of pigmentation. What’s more? The presence of Steam Distilled Desi Gulab Essence or Pure Rosewater tones, diminishes fine lines and rehydrates skin to bring back your original complexion. Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Facial Gel Pure Aloe Vera has the triple-action of organic Rose, Aloe Vera and Cucumber extracts to ease sunburn affected skin.
Enjoy your days in the sun guilt-free with Plum Chamomile & White Tea After-Sun Recovery Gel. Repair damaged skin with this antioxidant and bio-sugar loaded lightweight gel. Enriched with the goodness of Chamomile and White Tea, this ultra-soothing gel soothes sunburn to leave smooth and supple skin. Chamomile neutralizes skin irritants and the antioxidants rich White Tea extracts help fight sun-induced oxidative damage. What’s not to like?
Why avoid the sun when you have got Paul Penders Herbal After-Sun Lotion to soothe and replenish troubled skin? Enriched with the goodness of twenty-two organic herbs, it nurtures and calms skin with its therapeutic properties. A few of these key ingredients include Cocoa Seed Butter, Sesame Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Calendula Flower Oil, and Chamomile Flower Powder. This sunburn lotion is Paraben-Free.
Let Aloe work its hydrating magic! A light and cool moisturizing gel that fights harsh skin damage, Khadi Natural after Sun Moisturizer, soothes, hydrates, and repairs skin post-sun exposure. Enriched with the goodness of pure Aloe Vera Extract, Cucumber Extract, Green Tea Extract, Mint Oil, and Basil Extract, it moisturizes skin with anti-aging benefits, evens skin tone and corrects blemished skin. Moreover, it fights the harmful effects of UV rays, lightens suntan and prevents skin darkening.
The liquid-based sun-shield Forest Essentials Everyday Sun Protection Fluid has SPF 50| PA++ is infused with the goodness of three key ingredients. Extracts of Aloe Vera deliver a hydrating and moisturizing effect while stimulating skin regeneration for sunburnt skin. Yashad Bhasma (Zinc Oxide) intensifies protection whereas Tender Coconut Water enriched with Vitamin C helps in de-pigmentation for a blemish-free skin.
Always worried about ending up with greasy skin? Lotus Professional Phyto-Rx Sunblock Mist SPF 50 PA+++ is a lightweight non-sticky broad spectrum sunblock that keeps away sunburn. Enriched with the goodness of Carrot Oil and Vitamin E the organic formula gets absorbed instantly. Spritz some of this Holy Grail mist for protection while you bask in the sun. Also, you don’t need to worry about unnecessary color or fragrance.
Sunburn Treatments At Home
Although once sun kissed, it’s too late to press the restart button (Still never too late to slather on some sunscreen), you can magically heal your skin by diligently following some easy sunburn skin treatments at the comfort of your home.
- Damp Towel Followed By Moisturizer:
Regularly dab a clean towel damped with cold water on the sunburnt area to get the heat out of skin. Don’t let your skin dry and follow it up with the application of a moisturizer to trap the water in your skin. This will help prevent further dryness.
- Moisturize with Aloe Vera Gel:
Draw out some pure gel from an Aloe Vera leaf and refrigerate it for 15 minutes. Apply this chilled gel onto burnt skin for anti-inflammatory benefits. Aloe Vera helps moisturize and prevent peeling or flaking of skin. This is a popular face sunburn treatment.
- Stay Hydrated with H2O:
Drinking plenty of water can help repair skin barrier faster. Stay hydrated from the inside-out. Start with eight glasses of water daily. So hard, right? Although this treatment does not include any topical application, it still goes a long way in healing sunburnt skin faster.
- Numb Pain with an Ice Pack or Cold Compress:
Wrap an Ice Pack in a damp washcloth and apply it to the burned areas. This draws out excess heat from skin surface. (A point of caution: Avoid applying Ice Pack directly to sunburned area.)
(Pro tip: A bag of Frozen Peas works great as well!)