Let’s find out together what mistakes you should avoid when you spend a lot of time in the sun and your skin is damaged…
There are many ways to treat sunburned skin naturally, such as rubbing raw potato mash or some honey on your face. But some seemingly innocent actions can make a sunburn worse. Apparently, even the food you eat or the clothes you wear can help your sunburns heal or make them more painful. Here are some of the apps you should stay away from when you have a sunburn;
1. ALEO VERA GELS WITH ADDITIVES
While aloe can help soothe redness, you should be mindful of the type of aloe gel you apply to your skin. Some artificial ingredients, such as benzocaine or lidocaine, can make the irritation worse and cause your skin to itch even more. Dermatologists recommend using pure aloe moisturizers to treat sun-damaged skin.
2. WEAR TIGHTNESS CLOTHING
There’s no doubt that tight-fitting clothes can look great on you, but they’re definitely not the best fashion choice if you suffer from sunburn. Wearing tight clothing on sunburned skin does not allow it to breathe and heal itself. Instead of wearing your tight jeans, opt for looser clothing made from breathable fabrics such as cotton.
3. DRINKING COFFEE
Sunburns often cause headaches, and although a cup of coffee may seem like a relief, it actually makes you feel worse. Staying in the sun for too long will make you dehydrated, and drinking plenty of water is essential to replace lost body fluids. Because caffeine is a diuretic, it causes you to go to the bathroom more often and your body loses more fluids and essential minerals.
4. COVER WITH MAKEUP
It can be tempting to cover a peeling sunburn with makeup, but just like tight clothing, it won’t let your skin breathe. If you absolutely must make up, be careful to avoid heavy products and use soft brushes. Skincare experts also recommend working with damp sponges, as they are gentler to the skin.
Sunburned skin is unsightly, and it’s natural to want to exfoliate the dry, peeling skin on your body. But since exfoliating products tend to be aggressive on the skin, they can actually do more damage to the skin. Instead, let the sunburn heal naturally, which usually takes up to 7 days.
6. APPLYING THE WRONG BODY CREAM
Applying body cream can help moisturize sun-damaged skin, but make sure the product you use is not alcohol-based. Alcohol helps products reach and penetrate deeper into the skin, but it can also remove the natural oils your skin needs to stay hydrated.
7. DRINK ORANGE JUICE
While citrus drinks are high in antioxidants, they can make your skin more sensitive to light. You won’t have to give up drinking orange juice entirely, just make sure you apply more sunscreen and stay out of direct sunlight after drinking plenty of it.
8. USING SPF MOISTURIZER
You may think that a moisturizer with SPF is just what your skin needs to avoid sunburn, but it’s actually not the best way to protect your skin from sun damage. One study showed that most people miss important areas of their face when applying an SPF moisturizer, while people who use real sunscreen apply it more evenly.