The onset of summer brings health risks such as heat stroke, dehydration, diarrhea and sunburn. One of the most common of these is sunburn. While sunburns can increase the risk of skin cancer, people are often careless when it comes to protecting their skin. This leads to burns and long-lasting sunburn effects.
Rupali Sharma, the founder of Aegte Lifestyle, told Hindustan Times in an interview that “to prevent scarring, one can use cool tap water or use aloe vera gel, as it is a natural antibiotic that can soothe and cool the skin, making further infections are prevented.” She added that applying petroleum gel or silicone helps reduce the size, stiffness and redness of burn scars. She asked people to let the blisters heal automatically and cover them with a non-stick coating to prevent infections. “For pain relief, one can take prescription OTC medications,” she said.
Burn scars take different times to heal, depending on how your skin responds to the medication. It is important for us to give our skin time to heal. Sharma informed that patients with minor burns can reduce scarring with household techniques, but critical burns require more sensitive treatment. It is therefore advisable to consult a doctor in case of infections and severe burns.
Read about some basic tricks to protect your skin from the sun in the summer:
Sunscreen helps protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. The UVB and UVA rays can damage your skin and cause sunburn. Cosmetics and sunscreens that contain SPF 30 or higher and are water resistant are most recommended. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before leaving home.
While SPF 50 helps protect your skin, it’s important to cover it as best you can. Long-sleeved shirts, tops, long skirts, and pants are the most recommended. Wear colors that help protect you the most from UV rays and heat.
Light moisturizers with SPF help a lot with protection. They don’t dry out your skin and help as an extra layer against UVB and UVA rays. Hydrate every 2 hours to keep your skin healthy.
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