Some of us just can’t get enough of summer! As Canadians, we relish in the fact that warmth and sunshine are the norm for, at least, a couple of months every year. The summertime is still in full swing, but we’re midway through August. That means that many of us have already enjoyed our fair share of time in the sun.
What that also means is that many Canadians have become victims of sunburn in recent weeks. And, as anyone who has been victimized by the sun’s harmful UV rays knows, it’s no picnic!
What are the best ways to soothe and repair sunburned skin? Here are four suggestions:
1. Let water be your saviour.
Sunburned skin is often indicative of a dehydrated body. Water, of course, is the best possible way to rehydrate. And it should be used both in and out of your body. In other words, drink a lot of water and treat yourself to a cool bath. Your body needs cooling off in more ways than one. After all, being sunburned means that you’ve been baking for some time!
Dr. Jillian Macdonald is a dermatologist who is certified with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and based in Ottawa, Ontario. On BestHealthMag.com, she recommends that sunburn sufferers “treat the skin immediately by taking a cool bath or applying a cold compress to the affected area to soothe red-hot skin. Be sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body.”
2. Add oil into the mix.
They say that oil and water don’t mix. However, Reader’s Digest suggests that the combination is a great way to soothe and repair sunburned skin. “For a mild sunburn, add 10 drops each of chamomile oil and lavender oil to a cool bath and soak for 30 minutes or more to relieve discomfort and moisturize the skin,” says their website, “If the burn is more serious, prepare a topical remedy using a few drops of chamomile oil or lavender oil, or both, and half an ounce of a neutral oil, such as almond oil, and apply it gently to the affected areas twice a day.”
3. It’s no surprise…moisturize!
In case it wasn’t already made obvious, your sunburned skin is incredibly dry. Void of its natural moisture, it needs to be moisturized in the worst way. “Apply a mild, unscented moisturizer, such as Glaxal Base (my go-to), to soothe irritation and help minimize peeling,” advises Dr. Macdonald, “Once the sunburn has healed completely, apply a topical retinoid cream to regulate skin cell turnover and help get rid of damaged cells.
4. Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy
At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer this special skin therapy that combines topically applied Levulan (ALA) and blue light to repair sun damage. It is also successful in eradicating acne, precancerous skin lesions, fine lines and blotchy pigmentation.
There are many other benefits to combining the positive effect of Levulan and the light treatment. Among them are minimized pores, reduced oil glands, diminished acne, and the improvement of some acne scars.
For more information about how Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy can soothe and repair your sunburned skin, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.