Healing a Sunburn

Serving Denver, Greenwood Village, Cherry Creek, Littleton, Aurora, Castle Rock & Nearby Areas

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With this month being UV Safety Month, we want to remind everyone to be cautious of the suns ultraviolet rays and to always safeguard your skin when outdoors. If your skin is not properly protected from the sun’s rays, you may find yourself with a nasty burn.

We are all aware that the best way to avoid sunburn is to stay out of the sun, but in many instances that’s easier said than done. If you experience a sunburn, the following tips will help you to alleviate and properly heal the burning, stinging, and redness that is associated with the burn:

Take a cold shower – This will help cool the skin and relieve pain. After you get out, lightly pat yourself dry and apply moisturizer to the skin when there is still a little bit of water left on it. This will help to trap in some of that water.

Use Aloe or soy – Both of these ingredients can help to soothe the skin. Make sure to avoid any products containing ingredients ending in “caine,” as they have been found to cause additional irritation or reactions.

Increase water intake – It’s important to stay hydrated due to the fact that sunburns draw fluid away from your body and bring it to the skin’s surface instead.

Leave blisters alone – Blisters signify a second-degree burn and form to help heal and protect the skin. Do not pop them under any circumstances.

Protect your sunburn – Don’t pick your sunburn or expose any part of your body with sunburn on it to outside elements without protection. Your best option is to avoid the sun during this time, but if you have to be outdoors wear tightly woven fabrics.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you get out of the sun and get indoors at the first sight of sunburn. When outdoors, make sure you are always using sunscreen that protects again UVA and UVB rays, and has a minimum of SPF 15.

If your skin has been damaged due sun exposure, contact Facial Aesthetics to learn about what options you may have to help rejuvenate your skin. Call our Denver med spa at 303-377-2868 to schedule a free consultation today!