Soak it up!
The polyphenols in oats can help to reduce inflammation and that itchy sting that comes with sunburn. Whiz up oats to a fine powder and add them to a tepid bath. Lactic acid can help hydrate too, so toss a handful of dry milk powder in the water.
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Sprays containing topical anaesthetics such as benzocaine are effective, and fragrance-free moisturisers can help protect skin. Try a painkiller like ibuprofen to ease discomfort if needed.
Sunburn leaves you and your skin dehydrated so boosting fluids is a must. Water is the best way to rehydrate, so take regular sips for the next few days.
Cool it down
Wet a towel or face washer with water and pop in the fridge for half an hour. Place on the affected skin and lay under a fan if you have one. Don’t apply ice directly to burnt skin as it may cause more damage.
Ignore old wives’ tales
Vinegar, oil and tomatoes may make a tasty salad but can cause harm to fragile skin. Popping blisters and peeling skin isn’t a great idea either. Severe sunburn should be seen by a doctor, but if it’s mild, you should recover in a few days.