There are so many things to love about summer, the list is so long that we spend most of the year dreaming about it and desperately looking forward to this blissful season. There are barbecues, watermelons, summer dresses, pools, picnics, beaches, being able to go outside without a jacket, and of course, endless ice creams. The sunshine seems to instantly lift our moods but along with all the great stuff, there’s something we all dread as the sun comes out and winter becomes a distant memory, Sunburn.
Apply baby wipes
Gently lay a baby wipe over your sunburn for a gentle and instant cooling effect. Keep your wipes in the fridge for the ultimate burn relief.
Use Soleve lotion
Sometimes aloe vera isn’t enough to soothe the pain of a sunburn. If you need a bit of extra help with the pain and irritation, try Soleve lotion. Available from pharmacy store, this cream contains ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory painkiller, as well as isopropyl myristate, which will keep the area moisturised. Of course, if your burn is extreme, or you’re worried about it, be sure to see a healthcare professional.
Apply a wet towel
One of the worst things about sunburn is that, well, it burns. It can be so uncomfortable just moving around with burnt skin, but luckily there’s a simple solution to the discomfort: apply a cold, wet towel to the affected area. A bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel works, too. Basically, get something cold onto the burned area as quickly as possible, and for as long as is practical. Put a wet towel in the freezer for a bit to make it ultra-cold, and then hold it to your burn with something between to protect it.
Drink lots of water
Keeping your skin hydrated is absolutely essential when you have sunburn and you can hydrate it from the inside by drinking lots and lots of water. When you think you’ve drank enough water, drink a little more and then a little more again! You need to keep your whole body moisturized to make sure your sunburn doesn’t peel, so keep drinking fluids and your skin will thank you for it. Travel Hack Tip: If you’re struggling to stay hydrated or if you’re trying to keep kids hydrated, make homemade ice lollies as a much more interesting way to get your water.
Wear soft fabrics
Loose, soft and breathable is key for surviving sunburn without going crazy. You don’t want to wear any itchy or scratchy fabrics, as they’ll only aggravate the pain, so wear your softest clothes, and nothing that’s too close to the skin if you can help it! Something like a pashmina and a maxi dress is perfect.