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What to do when the Aussie summer leaves you burned and blistered!

What works and what we need to stop doing!
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Did you know half of sunburn cases occur after just 15 minutes of UV exposure, many of us end up feeling the heat!

Here’s what to do if you’re burnt.

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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Over the counter…

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.

Hydrate

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.

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