6 Things You Shouldn’t Do After Getting a Sunburn

There are many ways to treat sunburned skin naturally, such as applying raw potato paste or a little honey to your face. But some seemingly innocent actions can make sunburn worse. It turns out that even the foods you eat or the clothes you wear can help heal your sunburns or make them hurt even more.

We searched the internet to find out what mistakes to avoid if you spend a lot of time in the sun.

Using Aloe Vera With Additives

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While aloe can help relieve redness, you should pay attention to the type of aloe gel you are applying to your skin. Some artificial ingredients, such as benzocaine or lidocaine, can worsen the irritation and make the skin even itchier. Dermatologists recommend using pure aloe moisturizers to treat sun-damaged skin.

Wearing Tight Clothes

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There is no doubt that tight clothing can look good on you, but it is definitely not the best fashion option if you are suffering from sunburn.

Wearing tight clothing on sunburned skin does not allow you to breathe or heal. Instead of wearing skinny jeans, opt for looser clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton.

Drinking Coffee

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Sunburn often causes headaches, and while a cup of coffee may seem like it’s going to make one go away, it will actually make you feel worse. Staying in the sun for a long time dehydrates you, and drinking plenty of water is crucial to replenishing lost body fluids.

Because caffeine is a diuretic, it makes you go to the bathroom more often and your body loses even more essential fluids and minerals.

Covering It With Makeup

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It can be tempting to cover a sunburn with makeup, but like tight clothing, it doesn’t let the skin breathe. If you absolutely must wear makeup, be sure to avoid heavy products and use soft brushes to apply it. Skincare experts also recommend working with damp sponges, as they are gentler on the skin.

Exfoliating

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Sunburned skin does not please the eyes and it is natural to want to exfoliate the dry, flaky skin on your body. But it can actually damage the skin even more, as exfoliating products tend to be harsh on the skin. Instead, allow the sunburn to heal naturally, which usually takes up to 7 days.

Applying The Wrong Body Cream

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Applying body lotion can help moisturize sun-damaged skin, but make sure the product you are using is not alcohol-based. Alcohol helps products reach the skin and penetrate more deeply, but it can also remove the natural oils your skin needs to stay hydrated.

Have you ever had a bad sunburn? Do you know any tricks to know how to recover from it?

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