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If sunburn is taking the mickey out of your fun time in the sun or your summer vacation, then you may want to read this article or pin it up where you can see it every day. Sunburn is something that does not show up immediately. It can happen when you have been in the sun for too long a time, and without the protection of proper clothing, hats, glares and sunscreen lotions.
So what can you do when you feel that first sting of sunburn? Here's our list!
- Swift Action: You will need to act fast towards cooling down the onset of a sunburn. Taking a quick dip in a pool or a lake if you are near one can help in soothing the area so that the sunburn is not too bad. Also, you can then cover yourself up and step indoors immediately, where you will be properly shaded from the sun. You can continue with the cool treatment by using a cold or ice compress to press around the area that is burning or has been most affected. Remember to stay away from the exact spot as it may lead to inflammation.
- Avoid Drying: Do not let the area become too dry. Take frequent showers but stay away from harsh soaps as they may make the area dry which leads to chapping and pain.
- Breathe: Allow the skin to breathe. Do not obstruct the area with too many items of clothing and wear cotton fabric or other light weight clothing that will protect the area and let the skin breathe. Stay away from tight clothes as this may lead to chafing of the skin and the sunburns.
- Moisturise: One good way of getting rid of sunburns quickly is to moisturise as soon as you have had a bath or a shower. This will help in locking in moisture which is not really possible when you moisturise the surface later. Use a gentle lotion or cream based moisturiser and stay away from products that contain petroleum gel as this may irritate the skin further and clog the area instead of getting absorbed into the skin.
- Inflammation: Tackle inflammation by taking corticosteroids or other anti inflammatory drugs. These should be prescribed by a doctor. Aloe Vera can also be used to soothe the inflammation.
- Hydrate: Drink plenty of fluids for fast regeneration of the skin cells and so that the burns do not draw the fluid from the surface if the skin.
Take all the necessary precautions before you step out for some fun in the sun with proper sunscreen and protective clothing as well!
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1) Protect your hair from chlorine - If there is anything to look forward to, in the summers, it is the swim sessions. And pool water is extremely harmful for our hair. It is very important that we ensure that at no point of time our hair is in direct contact with the chlorine water. Always use a swimming cap. This should be practiced by adults and children, alike.
2) Cover your hair against the sun - In India, the sun shines very bright. In all its glory, it can be really harsh. While we remember to cover our skin, at times, we forget that our hair needs protection too. Keep your head covered. Use a hat, cap or just wrap a rectangular piece of cloth around it. Make sure these things are made of cotton and are airy. Alternatively, use an umbrella.
3) Oil your hair well - Hair is known to swell during the summers. Oiling your hair is considered to be helpful in keeping the hair follicles intact. If you wish to oil your hair after washing it, go for lighter oil. Have oil massages. They not only allow free blood flow under your scalp, they also strengthen the roots.
4) Drink plenty of water - It is common knowledge that our bodies dehydrate faster in summer. So ensure you are carrying water with you at all times, and drinking sips throughout the day. You have the choice to drink plain water or detox water, but do understand, plain water cannot be compensated by fruit juice or soda. If you are drinking alcohol, ensure you follow it up with adequate amounts of water.
5) Switch to gentler shampoo - If your hair is coloured, make sure you use shampoo & conditioner with colour protection. Try to use mild shampoos in the summer. The lesser amount of chemicals used on your hair, the better. Serum doubles as a sunscreen for the hair. Never forget to apply it before stepping out.
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