How to: recover from sunburn

We all know we should apply sunscreen.

And most of the time, we do – but occasionally, we’re all guilty of forgetting to top up after several hours in the sun, we fail to reapply after a long swim at the pool, or we don’t have time to lather it on because we’re already late for work.

Sunburn usually only lasts for a week, but when that week takes up a good chunk of your summer holiday, it can feel like it lasts forever!

It’s not easy to speed up sunburn recovery, but there’s plenty you can do to a) reduce the pain, b) limit redness, and c) prevent nasty infections that hold back the recovery process.

Here’s how it’s done.

ASAP

Much like burns you get in the kitchen, the sooner you can take action to soothe your sunburn, the better. As soon as you realise you’ve got sunburnt, get out of the sun, reapply sunscreen and cover up. This’ll prevent your sunburn from getting any worse, and start the recovery process.

You could also take some anti-inflammatory medication (like ibuprofen) to reduce redness – be sure to check the leaflet that comes with the medication first.

Keep it cool

As soon as you can, head back inside and take a cold bath or shower. Alternatively, use a sponge or cold flannel to soothe the worst of the sunburn and reduce pain! Aim to cool down your skin as much as possible, particularly in the initial 24 hours after the sunburn occurs.

Drink more water than you usually do to avoid dehydration and help rejuvenate your skin.

Moisturise – but be careful…

Moisturising sunburnt skin prevents it from drying out further, and strengthens damaged skin so that you’re less prone to infections, redness, and more irritation. Apply moisturiser frequently! Always use a gentle, unscented moisturiser  – fragrances and the like can aggravate your skin further and hold back the healing process.

Keep applying gentle moisturiser when your skin starts to flake and peel, as it’s still vulnerable.

The NHS recommends using aloe vera based lotions when you’re sunburnt. You can also grab hydrocortisone cream from the pharmacist to further reduce inflammation.

What to avoid

Sand, chlorine, and salt water are all going to aggravate your sunburn and increase the chance your damaged skin gets infected (look out for red streaks and pus – yuck! – as telltale signs you have an infection). Try to wear loose clothing so that blood flow to your skin is unrestricted. This’ll speed up the healing process and also reduce redness.  Also, remember that hot water can make sunburn worse – so avoid hot showers until your skin has almost completely recovered.

It’s also a good idea to scale back your usual skincare and makeup routines as these products may irritate your skin.

Finally, avoid popping any blisters that appear! They’re there to protect your skin from further damage – let them do their job.

See your GP

If you have a fever, chills, or feel dizzy when you get sunburnt, contact your GP. They’ll help you get the dressings and medication you need to recover from your severe sunburn.

There’s no doubt that sunburn can be serious – but preventing it is easier (and less painful!) than the recovery process. Stock up on sunscreen and other SPF products before heading the beach to stay protected!

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Top Summer Beauty Tips from the Celebs

Celebrities make everything look effortless – and that includes keeping a perfect face of makeup on the hottest summer days. While the rest of us are sunburnt and sweating, or feeling the effects of the flight home from our summer hol, celebrities stay cool – in more ways than one.

While having several personal stylists and makeup artists certainly helps with that, celebrities have some beauty tips that the rest of us can learn from during the scorching summer months.

Keep sunscreen everywhere

We all know that we should be wearing at least SPF 25 every day in summer, even when its cloudy. Many celebrities go the extra mile when it comes to sunscreen, to make sure their skin is always protected even when they’re on the move. Khloé Kardashian always keeps sunscreen stocked in all of her cars, and is careful to apply it to her hands before driving. After all, when they’re on the steering wheel, your hands are likely going to be exposed to the sun pretty much constantly. Charlize Theron swears by this trick, too.

Don’t forget your hair

Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back for remembering to apply SPF lip balm before a day at the beach. But along with sunscreen, that’s not all the sun protection you need. Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones fame admits she used to forget to look after her hair in the sun. She’s tackled this problem by always using heat protection spray when travelling or before she hits the beach – after all, you protect your hair it when you’re styling it with heat, so why not when you’re out in the sun?

Sweatproof makeup

Stars need their makeup to last through hours on stage or a long day on set, so it’s no surprise their makeup artists have mastered long-lasting makeup, even in testing conditions. Makeup artists for celebs like Beyoncé and Ariana Grande say the key to a sweatproof face is layering makeup. Ari’s makeup artist Daniel Chincilla finds that primer is key for absorbing oils and keeping eyeshadow pigmented. He says that foundation should always be matte, and applied in thin layers – and don’t forget to use a light powder to set that foundation. Beyoncé’s makeup artist Sir John has similar advice – and says to avoid setting sprays and instead layer cream and powder for a long-lasting look.

Beating jet lag and fatigue

Most of us aren’t going to be ambushed by paparazzi the second we step off our flight home, but we’d like to look a little brighter when recovering from travelling – who knew that sitting on a plane for several hours could be so tiring? Gigi Hadid’s top tip is to sleep on the plane to tackle jet lag (we would if we could), but Gal Gadot and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley say we should instead be drinking as much water as possible – Rosie tries to get through up to four litres of water on a Transatlantic flight.

One final celeb secret to look more awake? Beyoncé uses gold eyeshadow in the inner corner of her eyes, instead of white – it’s more subtle but just as effective at disguising fatigue.

What are your favourite summer beauty tips? Are there any wonder products we all need to know about? Leave us a comment below!

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