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You forgot the sunscreen or did not apply enough, it has happened to us all.

Even after using sunscreen, sun rays often cause damage to the skin. Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you do not have to suffer! Super-soothing botanicals and cooling gels can help prevent peeling and reduce redness and inflammation.

You can even try some home remedies for sunburn skin. There are many simple ingredients at home that can help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the ageing effects of UV rays.

It is all about getting the inflammation down as soon as possible to curb damage in the skin and to calm redness. And to do this, these are your options:

  • Soak a facecloth in a bowl of skim milk and ice and apply it to the area for five to ten minutes.
  • Take aspirin or ibuprofen and apply hydrocortisone cream.
  • Apply cooling balms generously over-exposed skin, preferably at the first sight of a pink glow.
  • You can also apply aloe vera gel on the affected area, allow it to dry and then rinse off with cool water.

Even in South Africa, where we should know better, we are still not fully aware of the severe and often irreversible damage that a bad sunburn can cause to the dermis and the epidermis.
Did you know that one blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma?
Remember to get a yearly skin exam by a doctor and perform a self-examination once every few weeks to detect early warning signs of carcinomas and malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is highly dangerous so make sure to look out for a new growth or any skin change.

Sunlight touching your skin means much more than a golden tan or a sufficient dose of vitamin D. Do not be fooled: UV light causes photo-ageing in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you have burned your skin or not!

When sunlight comes in contact with skin a cascade of damage results (including the stripping of barrier lipids) causing inflammation, production of reactive oxygen molecules that affect healthy cell growth, and stimulation of collagen destructing enzymes.

You need to remember that avoiding the sun is the best all year round habit you can take up and your best bet is to treat your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may have occurred, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.

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