We're all familiar with the effects of a sunburn- redness, inflammation, swelling, tenderness, and in severe cases, blisters and chills. It can be be unsightly and terribly painful and for those of us who have been there, speeding up recovery is a must.
Easing the Symptoms of Sunburn
Unlike the burns caused by a hot pan on a stove, sunburns are not caused by heat, but by ultaviolet rays. When your skin is exposed to UV rays for an extended period of time the rays start to cause damage to your DNA. The resulting redness, swelling, and inflammation is the result of your body trying to repair the damaged skin cells.
To speed up recovery you want to reduce inflammation. Take an oral anti-inflammatory like acetaminophen as soon as possible. The quicker you start treating your sunburn the faster it will heal.
You'll also want to stock up on vitamin B3 aka niacinamide. Take an oral supplement and apply a topical product like Alder New York's Everyday Face Serum. Niacinamide has been shown to reduce skin cancer and dark spots, plus the added antioxidants help fight free radicals.
You'll also want to apply cooling and healing products that will keep skin hydrated and prevent skin dehydration. Alder New York's Everyday Face Moisturizer will do the trick with healing aloe vera and oatmeal extracts.
Reduce Your Chances of Getting a Sunburn
The best thing is to never get a sunburn in the first place. To prevent sunburn, you should avoid spending long periods of time in the sun, especially at noon when the sun is directly overhead. Wear long sleeves, a hat, and protective clothing. Additionally, use mineral sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and avoid SPF products containing chemical sunscreens like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
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