Sunburn, inflammation and peeling is a natural body response as a result to extreme ultraviolet exposure of the skin during the hot summer days. It is consider as a severe damage due to an overexposure to the sun.
Inflammation of the skin is actually a result of dilating blood vessels. The skin then starts to loose moisture and it dehydrates.
The peeling as a process is actually a defensive and repairing mechanism of the body. The peeling starts as a result of a dehydration of the skin, but there is a good reason why we peel at the first place. The reason is that true peeling the body rejects damaged cells that later can become cancerous and in the same time it protects the deeper layers of the skin from damaging as a result to overexposure to an extreme ultraviolet radiation. If the exposure to a sunlight is greater than the body’s ability to regenerate and defense, as a result of damaged DNA in the deeper layers of the skin cancer may occur.
What to do if you get sunburned?
- Drink a lot of water – You skin is dehydrated, so is your body generally.
- Cool it down – Act as fast as you can. If you are at a farther distance from your room/place you are staying, take a quick deep in to the ocean, pool, better if there is a cold showers out there and cover your sunburned parts of your body.
- Hide from the sun as quick as possible – This one is clear. Go back to your room/place you are staying.
- Take a bath, moisturize your skin – Yes, having a baths more often will keep your skin hydrated and the inflammation will decrease.
- Take care of your skin PH value – This is important. In your bathtub add a small amount of apple cider vinegar. This will take care of your skin PH value and in the same time will decrease skin inflammation.
- Use special lotions and sun creams, not usual creams, or homemade oils as they might increase the skin inflammation.
- Do all over again – Drink a lot of water, take cool baths/showers, moisturize your skin including special lotions and sun creams, even yogurt or apple cider vinegar if there are no other options.
- If the pain is too much take aspirin, it also can decrease the skin inflammation.
In severe cases you should go to a doctor.
Don’t go out in the sun right the next day. Spare your skin from the sun for a few days. And take in mind that the skin is a good recorder. Don’t let your skin damage on a regular bases as it can get much more serious. Skin that has been overexposure to a high level of an ultraviolet radiation on a regular bases has a tendency to become cancerous.
So, next time you go to the beach make sure you have sun cream, you are well hydrated and don’t overexposure your body to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Instead, visit the beach twice a day. Once in the morning, and don’t stay after 11:00, and don’t return before 16:30 – 17:00.
Have a good summer trip holiday.