Sunburn causes red, painful skin that feels hot to the touch. It's what all of us want to avoid! But unfortunately sunburn happens, and when it does the burn affects the outer layer of the skin, causing redness, inflammation, and at times excruciating discomfort. In this blog post we'll reveal the best ways to heal your sunburn.
10 Ways to Get Sunburn Relief
1. Cool the skin
As soon as you see the first sign of sunburn you need to cool your skin by applying a cool compress or taking a cold shower.
2. Repair the skin
Sunburn sucks the moisture from your skin which gets inflamed and itchy. Some of the best moisturizing and hydrating ingredients to look for include dilo oil, passionflower extract and lavender essential oil. That's why we recommend you apply a gentle cream like Dilo Rescue Butter to hydrate and strengthen the skin barrier.
You may not realize this but make sure you avoid using petroleum based ointments during that first 24 hours as they can trap in the heat and make you feel more itchy or uncomfortable.
3. Have bath therapy
A cool bath can do wonders to soothe inflamed skin, especially with Pure Fiji's Rescue Bath Therapy. It's a unique soothing soak that boasts the hydrating and healing properties of cold pressed organic oils (dilo, coconut, macadamia, and sikeci), essential oils and passionflower extract helps to soothe and protect stressed skin.
4. Apply aloe vera
If you have an aloe vera plant cut it open and apply directly to the skin. Aloe has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and calm your skin.
A more convenient solution is to try Pure Fiji's Dilo Rescue Body Gel which contains dilo oil and aloe vera. Upon application you'll smell a light scent of relaxing lavender and cooling vanilla mint. It will instantly soothe, nourish and replenish irritated skin affected by; sunburn, dry skin, insect bites, rashes, post-shaving irritations, acne, eczema, inflammation, bruising, post microdermabrasion, post radiation and chemotherapy.
5. Use a gentle cleanser
If you can, try washing your sunburn with only water in the early stages. The areas that require a cleanser or soap are those where bacteria likes to thrive like underarms, groin and the soles of feet, all the areas that are far less commonly burned. Pure Fiji's gentle, creamy coconut Spa Soap is a perfect choice for washing these areas.
Sun damage can make your skin extra sensitive so keep your natural skin care routine as simple as possible with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer formulated for sensitive skin. That means you need avoid face masks, acne medications, anti-aging products, harsh toners, exfoliants and any tools that can be abrasive on the skin to avoid causing further injury to the skin. Wait until the skin is fully healed.
6. Avoid makeup
Resist the urge to cover up the redness with makeup, which can also act as an irritant and won't do your skin any favors.
7. Avoid touching or peeling
If your skin starts to peel when your burn is healing, do not peel or pick at your skin. If you pick or peel, you can cause scars. Be patient as your skin heals at its own rate.
Instead use a spray like Dilo Rescue Body Spray. It's a super-soothing natural body spray that combines; dilo, aloe and Ngi grass extracts to instantly soothe and hydrate skin for 24 hours. The perfect remedy when it hurts to touch your sunburn.
8. Don't pop your blisters
Keeping the roof of the blister intact helps to prevent infection which is one of the reason you should avoid popping them.
9. Wear loose clothing
Wear comfortable, loose clothing that doesn't stick to the skin so you avoid trapping in the heat. Aim for breathable fabrics to minimize irritation on the skin. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sun protected clothing is also better than SPF alone especially when you need to go out.
10. Take ibuprofen
An anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen can absolutely reduce inflammation (duh) but also expedite recovery. Take it within the first few hours of sustaining a sunburn and every four to six hours thereafter until the pain subsides.
While you might be tempted to go back to the beach or the pool remember that sand, salt water and chlorine can all aggravate the skin to increase pain and potential for infection. Bottom line; do your best to stay away from the sun as much as possible because if your mild sunburn hurts, you don't want to risk getting a second-degree burn. If you've had a really bad sunburn it is best to avoid the sun completely for the entire season.