Sun damage: How to prevent, soothe and repair skin
Who doesn’t love a sunny day? Being out and about when it’s bright and warm lifts the spirits, providing you don’t get too relaxed soaking up the rays. After all that fun in the sun, sun damage is the last thing you’ll want to deal with.
Why is sun protection important?
We all know too much time in the sun damages your skin and can lead to sunburn. Sunburn occurs when the skin’s outermost layers are damaged by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This results in an inflammatory reaction where skin cells become red, swollen and sore. As well as being unsightly, sun damage also causes skin ageing. Once the pain, redness and discomfort fades, the long-term skin damage remains.
How to soothe sunburn
Although sunburn can be very painful, there are simple, practical ways to gain some level of protection for sensitive skin once you’ve been burnt. First, stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible to limit UV exposure. Take it a step further with a cool shower and drinking lots of cold water to rehydrate.