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Has the harsh sun left your skin sunburnt and damaged with blisters? These burns can be irritating and painful and need to be dealt with instantly. Here are DIY tips to help heal them at home.
Stay away from the sun: As soon as sunburn becomes evident, get out of the sun. Some damage has already been done, and you don't want to harm your skin any more. Stay out of the sun until the burn fades.
Rub ice cubes: An immediate solution to cool the area is to rub ice cubes on it. It will help soothe the area instantly and the water will hydrate your skin as well.
Assess the damage: If a couple of small blisters pop up, it's safe to treat the burn at home. But if you develop blisters on more than 20 per cent of your body, seek medical attention immediately.
Have a cool bath: It's also important to cool the skin down, but skip the shower. The continual blast of water on your scorched skin will not feel good. Have a bath to cool down the skin gently. Also skip the soap, which will dry the skin out even more. Instead, add a few scoops of baking soda to your bath. It's cooling and helps your skin retain moisture.
Use aloe vera: If you're away from home and can't catch a bath, apply aloe vera. Aloe is a cooling agent and anti-inflammatory. Get the oozy juice straight from an aloe plant if you have one, or else use a store-bought gel.
Apply lots of lotion: After your bath, slather on lotion, but if you have any small blisters, leave those spots alone. When choosing a lotion, reach for something that is both moisturising and hydrating.
Wear a good sunscreen: Even if you are at home, make sure you wear sunscreen on any exposed areas of your body. This is because the rays can enter from windows and doors and cause skin irritation on the existing blisters.
With inputs from IANS/huffingtonpost.com
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