The recent heat wave has brought the best weather of the year with many of us sunbathing.
Like us, the British, we rarely have the pleasure of enjoying a warmer climate, when it arrives, we go to parks and beaches to enjoy it. But it's easy to get carried away and forget about recharging your SPF.
According to a Mintel survey, more than half of the women who participated agreed that sunscreen is necessary, in addition to any skin treatment that contains SPF; however, 37% admitted that they find it difficult to remember to apply SPF as part of their daily routine.
But a short period of time in the sun without adequate protection can cause harm (and pain) easily. Even 15 minutes of exposure may be enough to burn a paler skin, so it is vital to always lather the SPF before leaving and reapplying throughout the day.
We have a complete list of the best sunscreens to invest in to protect your skin this summer and five sunscreen errors that parents should avoid.
However, if the damage is already done and you look a little red and blistered, here are some ways you can relieve the skin and make the redness fade a little faster …
How to get rid of sunburn?
Requiring suitable products for sun care can be very dangerous. (Image: Getty)
1. Get out of the sun
It may seem obvious, but as soon as you begin to see a red patch, put yourself in the shade. You do not want to burn the area anymore, and if the redness does not go away overnight, do not go back to sunbathing the next day, since you will only be damaging your skin.
2. Take analgesics.
Some common painkillers can help relieve the discomfort and inflammation caused by a sunburn. If you can, take ibuprofen for the next 48 hours, but check the package leaflet and make sure you do not exceed the recommended dose.
3. Cool the area
Putting a cold compress on the skin can help eliminate the initial redness. Take it quickly and jump in a cold bath, or submerge the area with cold towels, and you can prevent it from burning more. Just as you would put your finger under cold water after burning it, you can use the same principle for sunburns.
4. Stay hydrated
Sunburns often encourage the loss of fluids through the skin, so be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your hydration levels high.
5. Wear loose clothing
Anything that rubs your sunburn can make it more painful and inflamed. Stay in loose shirts without tight belts or necklines.
Expert advice on sun protection.
Skin experts say we should all learn to properly apply sunscreen and be more careful to verify that we are protected.
Johnathon Major, of the British Association of Dermatologists, says: "Apply generously half an hour before going out in the sun, and then again shortly after going outside, it is vital to make sure that it is completely covered and that the sunscreen has had time to be absorbed. " the skin".
Major adds: "" Then it must be reapplied at least every two hours, since the protection filters can break over time. It should also be reapplied after any activity that can be accidentally removed, such as swimming. Water-resistant sunscreens are not resistant to friction and, therefore, can be accidentally removed if they are towel dried after swimming or sweating. "
Safety tips for the sun to follow:
Protect your skin with clothes and do not forget to wear a hat that protects your face, neck and ears.
Spend time in the shade between 11 am and 3 pm when sunny
When choosing a sunscreen, look for a high protection SPF (SPF 30 or more) to protect against UVB rays, and the UVA circle logo and / or 4 or 5 UVA stars to protect against UVA rays.
Apply enough sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply every two hours and just after swimming and dry with a towel.
Keep babies and small children out of direct sunlight.
For more information on sun protection, visit ittakesseven.org.uk/skin-cancer-facts
The best sunburn treatments to try.
Cure your burn in a short time with these after-sun lotions …
Yogurt cooling gel Korres Aftersun, £ 16
Cooling on sore skin
It is known that yogurt refreshes and soothes the skin, so if you do not feel like lying down in a Tesco tub, this gel smells and feels much better!
£ 16 – buy now from Lookfantastic
Ultrasun Aftersun, £ 16
This moisturizing lotion keeps the skin hydrated for up to 24 hours and has a refreshing effect to help soothe itchy skin. The formula does not contain mineral oils or preservatives and is ideal if you have sensitive skin.
£ 16 – buy now from Amazon
Herbivore After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist, £ 18
This free synthetic formula contains soothing ingredients such as aloe, mint and lavender to help moisturize dry and irritated skin, and smells divine.
£ 18 – buy now from Cult Beauty
Afternoon sun lotion Weleda Edelweiss, £ 16.95
This intensive gel formula combines organic olive oil, aloe vera gel and nettle to instantly cool irritated skin and retain the necessary moisture in areas damaged by the sun. While the refreshing eucalyptus and lavender adds to the soothing relief.
£ 16.95 – buy now from Holland & Barrett
Lancaster Tan Maximizer soothing moisturizer, £ 22
Lancaster's after-sun moisturizer not only relieves sunburn thanks to its moisturizing formula, but also contains a Tan Activating Complex that helps intensify melanin production from the inside and gives it a more lasting shine. And it can be used both on the face and on the body.
£ 22 – buy now from Amazon
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