Understanding Sunburn and Effective Aftercare

Understanding Sunburn and Effective Aftercare

Sunburn is a common issue, especially during the summer months when the lure of sunny days and outdoor activities is irresistible. While a sun-kissed glow might be a coveted look, the reality of sunburn can be quite painful and damaging. Understanding sunburn and knowing how to care for your skin afterward is essential for maintaining healthy skin and preventing long-term damage. We have some of our tried, and true Oak & Tonic organic favourites as well as  Eminence skincare to take the sting out of your recovery!

What is  Sunburn? : UVA and UVB Rays

Sunburns are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Two types of UV rays affect the skin:

  • UVA Rays: These rays penetrate deep into the skin and are primarily responsible for skin aging and long-term damage. UVA rays can cause wrinkles, and age spots, and can increase the risk of skin cancer.
  • UVB Rays: These rays affect the outer layer of the skin and are the main cause of sunburn. UVB rays can damage the DNA in skin cells, leading to premature aging and an increased risk of skin cancer.

Both UVA and UVB rays can contribute to immediate sunburn and long-term skin damage, making it crucial to protect and care for your skin after sun exposure.

The Impact of Sunburn on Skin Aging and Damage

Repeated sunburns can lead to:

  • Premature Aging: UV radiation breaks down collagen and elastin fibres in the skin, leading to wrinkles, sagging, and loss of elasticity.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Sunburns can cause uneven skin tone and dark spots.
  • Permanent Skin Damage: Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to DNA damage in skin cells, increasing the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.

How to Soothe and Heal Sunburned Skin

Proper care can help soothe sunburned skin and minimize damage. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Cool the Skin: Take a cool (not cold) bath or shower to help reduce the heat. Apply cool, damp cloths to the sunburned areas.
  2. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to help your skin recover and prevent dehydration.
  3. Moisturize: Use a gentle moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and promote healing.

Recommended Products from Oak & Tonic Organics and Eminence Organic Skincare

One of the most important things for sunburn aftercare is keeping yourself hydrated but also making sure your skin is properly moisturized you can reduce things like irritation, redness, and inflammation we’ve also included a list of trusted products from our partners at Eminence or Oak and Tonic Organics that will help you get your healthy glow back.

Oak & Tonic Organics

  • Hydro-Gel &/or Body oil: Known for its cooling and soothing properties, it helps reduce inflammation (here is a link to gel + our body oil if you want to take some inspiration from the ingredients).
  • We have also added our nude base body oil into each one of our gels (except the lunar dragon)...so castor oil, almond, marula, meadowfoam and jojoba are the oils we use!
  • Lunar Dragon Healing Gel ingredients like Dragon's Blood extract, Blueberry extract and healing oils of Mellisa Balm and Clary Sage, which are all great for burns too! Origins of Dragons Blood This extract supports the skin's natural barrier function, helping to lock in hydration and prevent the absorption of unwanted elements. Additionally, its astringent properties help tone the skin for a bright look and a buoyant bounce.

Eminence Organic Skincare

Sunburn can be a painful and potentially serious condition, but with proper aftercare, you can minimize the damage and promote healing. The best approach is always prevention, so make sun protection a priority in your daily routine. By taking care of your skin and being mindful of sun exposure, you can enjoy the outdoors safely and healthily.

Blog By Sarah Harrower & Wil Lakatos

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