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Sunburn: How to Treat It

Been out in the sun too long without first slathering on the sun cream? Ouch.

If you're wondering how to tackle sunburn, there are lots of things that might help. Today on the Chemist.co.uk blog, we're taking you through a few of the best remedies to try.

Fingers crossed you're pain free and back to your usual skin colour in no time.

Read on...

Aftersun is Your Friend

If you're in pain - or your skin's looking a little on the red or purple side - aftersun is your best pal.

We have plenty of skin-soothing aftersun products to choose from here on the site, too - take a look here. Created to refresh and hydrate the skin, your go-to aftersun will also soothe your skin when you need it most.

Bear in mind, though, that aftersun does not act as a barrier against the sun's harmful rays. If you're planning to head out in the sun again, cover up or stay in the shade. Oh, and slather on the sun cream - just in case.

No aftersun in the house? Try aloe vera, natural yoghurt, or even cold tea bags dabbed onto the affected area. Proceed with caution, though, with any new products or remedies - if you notice any irritation, discontinue use.

Can't Stand the Heat? Try Cool Showers

Feeling so uncomfortable you can barely sit down? Soothe your skin with a cool shower or bath, if required - and be careful not to use any heavily scented or abrasive products while doing so. These will only serve to make your sunburn worse.

Prevent Dehydration by Drinking Plenty of Water

So, you've used aftersun aplenty and you've taken a cool shower. Make sure you also drink plenty of water. This will help you cool down while preventing dehydration.

Always cover sunburnt skin from direct sunlight until your skin has fully healed, too. That's the advice from the NHS - and there's plenty more where that came from here.

Need Pain Relief? Here's What to Try...

If you need to take painkillers, the NHS advises paracetamol or ibuprofen. Unsure? Speak to your pharmacist and do not take anything you have a known allergy to.

And here's the NHS's advice on what NOT to do if you have sunburn...

  • Do not use petroleum jelly on sunburnt skin
  • Do not put ice or ice packs on sunburnt skin
  • Do not pop any blisters
  • Do not scratch or try to remove peeling skin
  • Do not wear tight-fitting clothes over sunburnt skin.

So come on; own up...have you been out in the sun too long during lockdown and suffered from bad sunburn as a result?

Let us know your top tips for combating it by commenting on this blog post, below.

Plus, don't forget to find us on Facebook and Instagram and you'll always be amongst the first to hear about new products and offers at Chemist.co.uk.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

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