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Sun burn

The Truth about Treating a Sunburn

December 13, 2018

Summer is here, and though we’ve had some cloudy days in Sydney, it’s still brought the UV. The best advice that we can’t tell you enough is to prevent sun burns altogether. We treat so many people each year for sun damage on their skin, and skin cancer rates are much too high in Australia. Our Principal Nurse Robyn Cussell also likes to remind us that “sunscreen is the cheapest anti-ageing product you can buy.”

Then again, life happens. Try as you might, you could one day get burnt. If that happens, you can’t treat the immediate damage in your skin, but you can take steps to soothe the symptoms and prevent the damage from getting worse. When you get a sunburn, it can take up to two days for your skin’s full reaction to show, and a few more days for it to really start healing, so start treating it early.

As soon as you notice you might be getting burnt, move indoors and cool your skin down with a light shower or a clean damp towel (using cool water, of course). Drink plenty of water to help your body rehydrate your skin and apply a soothing aloe gel.

Some say you should moisturise to rehydrate your skin, others say “don’t” because it traps in the heat. The truth is that only certain ingredients trap the heat in your skin. Your best bet is to avoid using petroleum-based moisturisers because they can trap heat. Aloe gel, or a soothing moisturiser that contains some natural oils (such as cucumber seed oil) can really help your sunburnt skin. If you have post-laser lotion left over from your last treatment, you can use that as well.

If you have blusters, don’t intentionally break them. If they break on their own, you can use a mild cleansing soap and water to clean them, or apply an antibacterial ointment. Stay away from harsh soaps in general because they can dehydrate your skin.

Most importantly, you need to keep out of the sun while your burn is healing. If you absolutely have to go out in the sun, wear a hat, cover up and use a good quality sunscreen that won’t irritate your reddened skin. Many moisturisers and cosmetic products claim to have SPF 30, but they don’t provide that level of protection with normal use.

The new formula in RejuvAus [M1] Super Moisturising UV Lotion provides a high level of protection (it contains 20% invisible zinc and 15% titanium dioxide) that shouldn’t irritate sensitive skin. The light, moisturising properties mean that it can also be used as a primer underneath your makeup.

It also contains B vitamins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate your skin.

RejuvAus Duo Shield is also our product of the month. Sign up to our newsletter to receive discount codes, and keep yourself sun safe this summer!

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