Sunscreen SOS: 7 tips to soothe your sun-damaged skin, according to a wellness expert

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With the arrival of summer, more time is spent outdoors, which can increase the risk of sunburn.

More than one in three adults suffered from sunburn last year, according to a study by the American Academy of Dermatology.

If sunburn is not treated properly, it can lead to serious skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer, experts warn.

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Angela Rosoff, a San Francisco-based wellness and beauty expert at facial yoga app Luvly, shared the following seven top remedies to sun damaged skin.

1. Enjoy the pain

“Should you spend a little too long in the sun, go inside and take a cold shower to rinse away any skin irritants, such as chlorine or salt water,” Rosoff told Fox News Digital.

“While your skin is still damp, apply a moisturizer containing aloe vera directly to the burn, let it soak in, and then seal with a layer of fast-absorbing jojoba oil,” one expert recommended. (iStock)

Next, she recommends filling a bath with eight to 10 black tea bags — or a cup of oats — and waiting until the water turns dark amber.

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“With the water full of natural compounds known for reducing inflammation, a quick soak will have your skin feeling better in no time,” she said.

If that doesn't work, she suggests trying green tea, matcha powder, or rice water.

2. Moisturize continuously

“While your skin is still damp, apply a moisturizer containing aloe vera directly to the burn, let it soak in, and then seal with a layer of fast-absorbing jojoba oil,” Rosoff said.

Aloe vera is packed with water and anti-inflammatory compounds, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory agent aches and pains from sunburn, the expert noted.

Woman with sunburn

According to a study by the American Academy of Dermatology, more than one in three adults suffered from sunburn last year. (iStock)

“During the summer months, keep a healthy stock in the refrigerator and reach for it whenever your skin gets hot, red or dry,” she advised.

“For those intimate areas that cannot be rubbed with cream, such as your eyes or lips, do not underestimate the soothing properties of the simple slice of cucumber.”

3. Soothe the pain

At the first sign of sunburn, it is best to take an anti-inflammatory painkillerssuch as ibuprofen, according to Rosoff.

“Treat your current suffering as a lesson learned.”

“Not only will it provide immediate relief, but it will also help reduce swelling and promote the recovery of your skin.”

4. Stay hydrated

According to Rosoff, sunburn often coincides with symptoms such as dry mouth, fatigue or dizziness.

“These are clear signs of dehydration, caused by fluid being drawn from your body to treat the burns on the skin's surface,” she told Fox News Digital.

Sunshade

It's important to protect the skin every time you go outside by incorporating a moisturizer with a high SPF sunscreen into your daily skin care routine. (iStock)

“A supply of ice cold water every now and then sports drink will help rehydrate the body and replenish electrolytes, relieving your symptoms and speeding recovery.”

5. Stay cool

Sweating can make sunburn unbearable, so it may be helpful to open the windows and doors and let cool air flow through the room.

“Wear loose, breathable clothing made of cotton, linen, or silk to let your skin breathe,” Rosoff recommended.

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If you have access to air conditioning, she recommended turning it on the coldest setting and pointing it directly at the burned area for extra relief.

“If it's too hot inside, you might be tempted to sit outside, but don't,” she advised. “Even if you sit in the shade, the slightest exposure to the sun will slow your recovery.”

6. Avoid peeling and popping

“Your skin will probably blister and peel – it's your body's way of preserving the skin healthy skin the bottom becomes hydrated as it rids itself of the damaged cells,” Rosoff said.

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“It's essentially your own natural healing system – so no matter how uncomfortable it is, you have to let your body do its job.”

Air conditioning

If you have access to air conditioning, one expert recommended turning it on the coldest setting and aiming it directly at the burned area for additional relief. (iStock)

Popping the blisters will only make recovery more painful and expose your body to all kinds of harmful bacteria, the expert warned.

7. Protect yourself

“If you get too much exposure, you can worry about much worse things than burns and blisters,” Rosoff warned.

“Repeated sun damage can have irreversible adverse effects on our skin, causing it to separate from body tissue and sag, and our health, causing skin cancer.”

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It is important to protect the skin Any time you go outside, include a moisturizer with high SPF sunscreen in your daily skin care routine and wear clothing that protects against UV rays, Rosoff recommended.

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“Treat your current suffering as a lesson learned.”

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