Sunburn: redness, inflammation, heat sensitivity and itchiness! We’ve all been there at least once! So what can we do to treat sunburn? And even better, what can we do to prevent it from happening again?

What happens to our skin in the sun?

Any Beauty Geek or BBTG fan will know that the sun’s powerful UV rays are damaging to the skin. Usually we go brown after exposure to UV, as the skin responds by producing melanin, the skin’s pigment. However, the danger starts when we over do it, and have too much sun for our skin type! Unfortunately, those of us who have been blessed with fair skin have a different amount as well as a different type of melanin to those with darker skin; therefore have less protection from the sun’s UV rays. Without extra care, we can get sunburn when the amount of UV exposure we subject ourselves to, surpasses our melanin’s ability to protect us. On that note, we suggest always arming yourself with sunscreen any time you venture out into the sun to prevent the dreaded effects of sunburn.

How can we treat sunburn?

However, if you have fallen victim to sunburn this summer, don’t panic, we have all the information you need to heal and soothe stinging skin. The first thing you should do is get out of the sun and stay covered up until your skin has fully recovered! Make sure you drink plenty of water to cool yourself down and prevent yourself becoming dehydrated. We also recommend using a moisturiser that contains Aloe Vera or Chamomile. Aloe Vera is well known for its soothing properties and has been used for centuries to calm stressed skin while Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties so will help ease the swelling of sunburnt skin!

Finally, we thought it was worth a mention that although sunburn may seem like a temporary condition, the result of over-exposure to UV can cause much longer-lasting damage to the skin. From a beauty perspective, it causes the dreaded ‘leathery’ effect of the skin, causing you to look twice as old. But, on a more serious note, it can increase a person’s risk of getting cancer. So if you’re planning on some ‘fun in the sun’ this summer, please do it carefully Beauty Geeks!

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