You apply sunscreen every time, every two hours, you swear you do. Okay, well maybe that one time you forgot. And that one time you got a burn. And boy did it burn. But can sun damage be reversed? Is there something to stop the pain and burning?
Applying sunscreen is important at any age and for any skin tone, don't think that if you are dark that you won't get any sun damage. Of course the lighter your complexion, the more you need to protect it.
After every exposure to the sun, you should apply an after sun product, even if your skin is burnt or not because you need to replenish the skins moisture and calm any sensitivity.
It is just as important to apply after sun care as it is to apply sunscreen. Think of pasta. It keeps cooking even away from the heat until you put cold water over it. Same thing with the skin. It keeps burning until you use an after sun care to "extinguish the fire".
Unfortunately no matter how quickly after sun exposure, you apply after sun care, you cannot undo damaged caused by UV rays. The UV rays have already penetrated the skin and have caused DNA damage that is not repairable.
So what should you do after a sunburn? Well make sure to drink lots of water during sun exposure and afterwards to keep from getting dehydrated. You can take a cool to luke warm shower afterwards. Pat dry and do not rub area. Using a thermal spray water like Avene's thermal water is great to soothe and hydrate the area. Then you want to apply you after sun care product.
SUN BURN DON'TS
- Do not apply butter or olive oil on the burn as you may have heard. This does not relieve pain, yet it keeps the burning sensation trapped.
- Do not rub area, pat instead
- Do not expose area to sun/UV rays for a couple of days at least.