With summer just around the corner, you may have more than just a few pool days planned. And, with Arizona’s especially hot sun, you are definitely going to need to cool down somehow. Even though we tell all of our patients to wear sunscreen and a big hat, life happens and you may end up with a sunburn in your face. So, what can you do to calm it down?
Drink Extra Water
Your skin isn’t the only thing that is likely feeling damage from the sun. In fact, your body might be a little dehydrated too. While your skin is healing after a sunburn, try to drink some extra water to stay hydrated. Plus, if your lip were also sunburned, then the extra water will help hydrate them and feel better faster.
Try Cold Compresses
Feel your face. Does it feel hot to the touch? If so, then try placing some cold compresses on it. For instance, you can take some soft washcloths, run them under cold water, and then gently place them on your face. This will help to take the heat out of your skin and calm it down in the process.
Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera isn’t just for your shoulders and back when you have a sunburn. In fact, you can put aloe Vera all of your face; just be careful with it around your eyes. The best thing about aloe Vera is that as soon as you put it on your skin, it instantly starts to cool and calm it down. While you have aloe Vera on, try to avoid wearing makeup because it may dilute the aloe Vera and exacerbate your sunburn.
Avoid Harsh Products
Another thing that we encourage patients to do when they have a sunburn on their face is to avoid harsh skincare products like scrubs, retinol, or acne products. Try to baby your skin as much as possible; that way, t heals a lot faster.
We don’t recommend getting a sunburn in your face, but if you do find yourself with one, use these tips. To learn more about how you can take better care of your skin, contact us at our Phoenix office and call (480) 610-6366.