Do you wear sunscreen? If you are like many people, who constantly step out of your house without applying any sunscreen, and your skin turns blazing red, there are a few easy things you can do.
1. Stay away from the sun: As soon as a sunburn becomes evident, get out of the sun. Some damage has already been done, and you don’t want to harm your skin any more.
2. Assess the damage: If a couple of small blisters pop up, it’s safe to treat the burn at home. But if you develop blisters on more than 20 percent of your body, seek medical attention immediately.
3. Take a cool bath: It’s also important to cool the skin down. But skip the shower. The continual blast of water on your scorched skin will not feel good. Also skip the soap, which will dry the skin out even more. Instead, add a few scoops of baking soda to your bath. It’s cooling and helps your skin retain moisture.
4. Use aloe: If you’re away from home and can’t catch a bath, apply aloe vera. Aloe is a cooling agent and anti-inflammatory. Get the oozy juice straight from an aloe plant if you have one, or else use a gel.
5. Apply lots of lotion: After your bath, slather on lotion. But if you have any small blisters, leave those spots alone. When choosing a lotion, reach for something that is both moisturizing and hydrating. If you aren’t sure what kind of sunscreen, lotion, or gels to use, come in and see Dr. Takhar or one of our nurses. We do stock most products.