When summer arrives in the US, people rush to get as much sun as possible. But if you don’t protect yourself, you could get a painful sunburn. In these cases, an expert has revealed some surprising home solutions to “restore” your skin.
To relieve the burning, Dr. Ross Perry, a GP and medical director of Cosmedics Area Clinics, suggested coating the skin in Greek or natural yoghurt.
“Probiotics found in yoghurt can relieve sunburn as they work to restore the skin’s natural barrier and reduce inflammation,” according to the expert.
“Natural and Greek yoghurt can help with sunburn and blistering due to the lactic acid which works as an exfoliant and removes the skin’s top layers.”
“In addition,” he further added, “rising temperatures result in blocked sweat glands which can cause inflammation and sensitivity.”
“Cold natural yoghurt will also help reduce symptoms and soothe skin.”
There are a few additional basic things you may do to help in the aftermath of a burn.
According to him, “A cold compress can help to relieve inflammation of sunburn and reduce the pain.”
“Don’t keep this on for longer than 20 minutes.”
“You can use it every hour throughout the day.
“It’s best to avoid putting ice packs directly onto skin as you can actually over cool the skin.”
According to the skin specialist, Even cold tea can help.
“Allow tea bags to soak for an hour covered until they are cool.
“Use a cotton pad to apply onto the affected skin.
“Again as tea is rich in antioxidants, particularly green tea it will help treat damaged and irritated skin.”
“Placing anything cold on to sunburnt skin will help,” Dr. Perry continued, “and the same can be said for milk.”
“It works as a gentle exfoliant removing the dead skin from the top of the sunburn. it also contains antioxidants which again helps to reduce inflammation.”
However, like with many medical problems, prevention is better than a cure or remedy.
He noted, “Not wearing SPF and getting burnt will increase the risk of getting skin cancer.”
“It only takes one sunburn to potentially develop later on.”
“It’s super important therefore to apply SPF of at least 30 before heading outside. Try to keep out of the midday sun and seek the shade where possible.
“Wear loose cotton clothing, keep eyes protected and wear a wide brimmed hat.”
“Make sure to keep reapplying SPF every two to three hours if you’re outside all day, more if you’re playing sport or in the water and when applying don’t forget eyelids and around the hairline.”
“In no way risk getting burnt.”
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