We’ve all been there at some point – we’ve left the suncream and gone too long without reapplying or accidentally fallen asleep in the baking heat and woken up a shade to rival Larry the Lobster.
Sunburn is never pleasant – it’s sore, makes the skin feel tight, and can even increase your risk of skin ageing and skin cancer.
Often, slathering yourself in after sun still doesn’t quite take the sting out, so wearing sun cream is so important and Brits are being urged to wear at least a factor 30 in the heatwave – to keep yourself safe and avoid embarrassing tan lines.
According to recent research carried out by Medino, 77 per cent of UK residents over the age of 18 don’t wear sunscreen at all to protect themselves from the sun.
This is because there’s an idea that isn’t not needed here, compared to going abroad – but this isn’t the case.
You still need to slather a thick layer on if you’re just heading out and about in the UK with a t-shirt on.
If, however, you find yourself in a sunburn predicament like these poor people, there are ways to ease your pain – your embarassment? Not so much.
You need to cool your skin down because not only does it provide pain relief it also helps bring the body’s temperature down.
You can do this by using a cold compress – a flanel soaked in cold water, ice packs in a towel, or a bag of frozen peas could do the trick.
Another way is to take a cool shower and then add a cold compress afterwards – you could even try using a wet towel to cover more of the body.
If you want to apply something in the skin, aloe vera aftersun or moisturiser has proven to be the best soothing remedy to help cool and moisturise the skin when it needs a boost of hydration.
You also need to rehydrate yourself, not just your skin, so drink lots of water.
Experts also encourage you to avoid alcohol as this actually dehydrates you more – so step away from that tempting prosecco.
The best way to prevent sun damage is to avoid direct sun wherever possible and to cover up as much as you can.
Stay in the shade where possible and avoid sunbathing in the near future – or until your sunburn has fully recovered.
Wearing a hat can also help keep your head cool in the sun, as well as providing some shade on your face.