The sunburn treatment taskforce
Enjoyed a little too much fun in the sun this weekend? Yes us too. Here's the tell-all guide on how to best soothe that shrimp-like skin
Dr. Catherine Borysiewicz, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic offers her top-tips to relieve your symptoms until your skin heals:
• Cool your skin by having a cold bath or shower, or try a cold compress on the affected area.
• Drink plenty of fluids to cool you down and prevent dehydration.
• If you need to, take painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
• If you have blisters – gently pop them with a sterile needle – but leave the skin intact – as this acts as a natural plaster to heal.
• Apply enough cream so that it sits on top of the skin, and as soon as it starts to disappear – apply more.
The post sunburn kit
Frédéric Malle’s Eau de Magnolia After Sun Balm, £45
A watery gel that cools on contact, lowering the temperature of any hotspots and leaves skin beautifully scented of magnolia and tuberose.
Biafine Emulsion £15.89
This French pharmacy favourite is usually prescribed for use after radiotherapy, in burns cases, and for post laser peels, to calm and heal; but it’s also super efficient at treating your skin damage too.
AESOP Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel, £25.00
Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel is loaded with aloe and hydrating panthenol to replenish hot and inflamed skin. It’s ideal for taking the sting out of sunburn and smells herbal-y great too.
CeraVe Moisturising Cream, £3.20
It contains three essential ceramides that work on a slow time release – so you’re hydrated continuously, along with hyaluronic acid, which helps to restore your skin's protective barrier.
Lancaster Tan Maximiser Repairing After Sun Face and Body Moisturiser, £22
This light lotion helps intensify melanin production, even without sun exposure, to prolong the tan for up to 4 weeks.