5 ways to treat sunburn and maintain healthy skin

I'm sure we all agree that a day in the sun can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Whether you’re exploring a city during a break, or lying on the beach, the warmth of the sun can make you feel totally relaxed. But exposure to the sun’s rays can leave your skin feeling dry, dull and above all, damaged from sunburn, which none of us want to experience. So, to prevent that from happening, here are five great tips on how to treat sunburn and look after your skin following sun exposure; making sure it stays hydrated, soft and healthy.

1) Cool off in the shower

After a dip in the pool or paddling at the beach, chlorine from swimming pools and salt water from the sea can magnify the sun’s rays and dehydrate skin. By having a cool shower after exposure to water and sun, you can help cool down the skin and help keep it clean too.


2) Stay hydrated

Did you know that up to 60% of the human adult body is water? So of course, it’s vital that we keep hydrated when on holiday. Keeping the skin well moisturised, particularly when out in the sun is doubly important, especially when the rays have a drying affect and the heat will cause sweating. Keep yourself topped up with ice cold water to not only keep you refreshed and hydrated, but your skin too.

3) Moisturise

After a long day making memories in the sun, apply an after-sun lotion or moisturising cream to help lock layers of moisture into your skin. If you have a minibar in your hotel room, or a fridge in your holiday villa, try keeping your after-sun in there for a cooling, refreshing sensation when applying, whilst still benefiting from the moisture.

4) Avoid excessive exfoliating

If you missed a spot with the sun cream, some areas of your body may experience some peeling of the skin, and I can think of nothing worse. However, tempting as it may be, it’s important to let the skin peel naturally, and avoid body scrubs or exfoliation mitts that might aggravate the areas and cause soreness.


5) Have a backup plan in case of sunburn

Even if you follow careful sun care advice by wearing plenty of sun cream and avoiding the sun at peak times, we all know sunburn can unfortunately still strike. But using something such as Soleve Sunburn Relief can really help, so it's useful to have as part of your holiday first aid kit, just in case you do get caught out by the sun.

What are your top tips for preventing sunburn and staying safe in the sun? Let me know in the comments below.

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