We all love spending an entire day at the beach and even take a nap under the sun, but truth be told sunburns are a nightmare. The skin is red and hot, we feel extremely uncomfortable and afterwards, the skin starts peeling off. Sunburns are tricky, so we gathered some tips to help you deal with it and hopefully avoid it the next time!

What is a sunburn?

A sunburn is an inflammatory reaction to the UV radiation due to prolonged exposure to the sun. Usually, the skin is red, irritated, hot and sore and may even peel after some days.

Sunburns are tricky since besides the immediately visible effects on the skin they also accelerate skin aging and repeated sunburns may be a causing factor of skin cancer. So, undoubtedly the best way to deal with sunburn is to prevent it by using sunscreen and not overexpose yourself to the sun!

Sunburn – what to do?

1. Avoid the sun

After getting a sunburn, the first thing to do is to get out of the sun. Look for a shadow or someplace indoors, and avoid exposing yourself to the sun. This way you will avoid worsening your burn. If you have to expose yourself to the sun, apply sunscreen before and reapply regularly.

2. Refresh

As soon as possible, cool your skin down. You can do it by having a cold shower or bath. It is also possible to apply a damp towel on the burned area. The burned skin is usually hot providing a feeling of discomfort, so cooling the skin will help you feel better and will also help to heal the burn.

3. Apply after sun

After suns are creams or lotions with moisturizing and soothing properties. Ideally, they should be applied immediately after the shower or bath and renewed every time the skin becomes dry again. Some after suns also have refreshing properties that help to cool down the skin providing more comfort. When choosing an after-sun cream or lotion look for:

  • Hydrating ingredients like glycerin, shea butter or hyaluronic acid
  • Regenerating ingredients as panthenol
  • Soothing ingredients like thermal waters or calendula
  • Refreshing ingredients as menthol and its derivatives

In most cases the sunburn is moderate and the after-sun or moisturizer will be enough to moisturize and repair the skin.

4. Drink plenty of water

The burned skin is extremely dry and deprived of water so your body will make all the efforts to compensate the skin’s dehydration, which might make you feel dehydrated. In addition, you will feel that the burned area is hot. So, drink water or other hydrating drinks to help restore hydration and also to cool your body.

5. See your doctor of pharmacist if necessary

If you have a severe sunburn in a wide area of the body, blisters, or fever, or if you simply have any questions or doubts about your sunburn and how to best deal with it, contact your medical doctor or pharmacist for some help.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sunburn?

A sunburn is an inflammatory reaction to the UV radiation due to prolonged exposure to the sun. Usually, the skin is red, irritated, hot and sore and may even peel after some days.

Sunburn – what to do?

1. Avoid the sun
2. Refresh
3. Apply an after sun care
4. Drink plenty of water
5. See your doctor or pharmacist if necessary