One cannot sit at home all day long to avoid sun damage. Sun damage is almost unavoidable as everybody spends at least few hours out in the sun daily. But even about 10 minutes in harsh sun can do irreparable damage to your skin.
Excessive sun exposure can result in darkening of skin and skin blemishes. Prolonged sun exposure makes your skin look dull and can make you look twice your age and have an adverse effect on your beauty. You will have to take necessary measures at the earliest to repair sun damaged skin.
You can meet a dermatologist and get your condition analysed and seek any of the following treatments for fixing sun damaged skin. These are quite expensive but very effective as well.
This technique involves application of a substance that tends to burn away the top layer of the skin revealing new skin. This technique is safe and helps one attain flawless skin.
Laser therapy also involves burning away the topmost layer of the skin but by using laser light for the same. This helps you get rid of sun burnt skin and reveal new younger looking skin.
This technique involves the use a small device that is used to get rid of the sun burnt layers of the skin. Several sessions will help one get rid of their sun burnt skin.
If you do not wish to use the above mentioned techniques, then you can visit your dermatologist and get products containing glycolic acids for skin care. Certain cleansers and creams containing glycolic acids will help fix sun damaged skin.
Products containing retinoids also helps repair sun damaged skin. You can use products containing the same after seeking your dermatologist’s’ advice as retinoids does not suit everybody.
The above mentioned techniques works wonders in helping you get rid of sun damaged skin. But not everybody’s pockets allow them to indulge in such expensive treatments every time after sun exposure. Such people can turn to certain natural remedies to fix their sun burnt skin which might take a little long to work, but does help one fix their sun damaged skin. Here are few natural remedies to treat sun burnt skin.
Yogurt And Milk
Refrigerate yogurt and apply the same on your skin before taking a shower. Ensure that you massage using this yogurt to relive any itching and inflammation. The soothing properties of yogurt helps relive from the symptoms of sun burn in no time. You can also apply cold raw milk on your sun burnt parts. These will not only help soothe the sunburns but will also remove your tan and improve your complexion.
Sandalwood powder when mixed with cold milk works really well for sun burns. All you have to do is make a paste of the same and apply it on your sun burnt skin. You can also add some turmeric powder to this mixture as turmeric helps heal the sun burns fast.
Vitamin E is the skin vitamin which is very essential for skin care. So ensure that you have a diet rich in vitamin E. You can also take vitamin E supplements. You can also try massaging your face with vitamin E oil. Almond oil and avocado oil are also a rich source of vitamin E and so you can also use these oils to massage sun burnt areas for fast recovery.
You can extract the juice from cucumber and store it in your refrigerator. You can apply it as many times a day to soothe the sunburn skin. Try to apply this cucumber juice as soon as you come back from the sun to minimize the irritation as a result of sun burns.
You can make a paste of oatmeal powder and milk and apply it on sun burnt areas. This relives the itching and irritation caused as a result of sun burns.
This is one of the most effective and inexpensive remedies to treat sunburns. You can simply extract the gel from the Aloe Vera plant and apply it on your skin for treating sun burns. The antiseptic and soothing properties of Aloe Vera helps fix sun damaged skin in no time.
Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is a rich source of various vitamins essential for the skin like vitamin C, E etc. These vitamins are very essential for damaging the repair caused by sun on skin. So you can apply grape seed oil on your skin to treat sun burnt skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Diluted version of apple cider vinegar also helps a great deal in fixing sun damaged skin. However, avoid applying this to bruised or wounded areas.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps a great deal in getting rid of sunburns. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids helps prevent inflammation and redness of skin as a result of sun burns. It also promotes the healing process and is a must in your diet. You can have fish oil supplements also to fulfill your omega-3 fatty acid requirements.
Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help repair the damaged skin cells and hence make it a point to have plenty of fruits and vegetables.
It is very important to increase your water intake when out in the sun for a long time. Water and fluids prevents dehydration even after prolonged period of sun exposure. Water and other fluids like fruit juices etc. also keep your skin hydrated and hydrated skin stands at a low risk of sun damage. So make sure that you have plenty of water and fluids to protect your health and skin as well.
Keep a sunscreen lotion with high levels of SPF when you have to stay out in the sun for a long time. The effects of sunscreen will not last for more than 2-3 hours and hence it is very important to reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours. This will minimize sun damage and hence protect your skin.
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