We all know what we should be doing when the temperature rises: slather on sunscreen, wear a hat, and not spend too much time in the sun.
However, sometimes things don’t quite go to plan – you might have forgotten to reapply your sunblock every few hours, or perhaps you fell asleep while sunbathing.
The UK has recorded the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures climbing above 30°C, so some of us might have an unwanted visitor: sunburn. While most of us will just have to wait until the sunburn fades, always seek medical attention if your burn is extreme and you experience a high temperature, blistered skin or symptoms of heat exhaustion – including dizziness and headaches.
Mild sunburn can be both painful and embarrassing, but there are some things you can do to help soothe it…
1. Get out of the sun immediately – and stay out of it
This is a fairly obvious one, but worth noting – if you feel your skin starting to prickle and become tender, head for the shade as quickly as possible. And if it’s the later that day or the next, and you’re suffering with burn, don’t head back out into the sunshine. Give your skin a break.
2. Cool down your skin
There’s truly nothing worse than scorched skin that makes it impossible to sit, sleep or really do anything. Cooling down your skin won’t make the burn magically disappear, but it can at least give you a bit of relief – so try sponging your skin with cold water, applying an icy compress to the worst areas, or even having a cool bath or shower to help minimise the sting.
3. Drink plenty of water
If you’re suffering from sunburn, you’ve likely spent too long in the sun, risking a certain amount of dehydration in the process. Drinking lots of water won’t necessarily ease your sore skin, but it could help prevent other nasty symptoms of heat exhaustion, including headaches and dizziness.
4. Apply some aloe vera
The NHS advises applying aloe vera to sunburnt skin, as it can help relieve some of the irritation. If you have an aloe vera plant you can extract some of the gel found inside the leaves – if not, look for products with a high percentage of aloe.
5. Take painkillers if you need them
If you’re really struggling with the pain of sunburn, over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen might make things a little less uncomfortable.
Best-selling aftersun creams with aloe vera
Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!
- After Sun: NIVEA's combination after sun lotion and hydrating moisturiser comes together to form a perfect union of hot weather skin care products
- Fast Absorbing: Absorbs quickly into the skin and works as an intensive moisturiser for 48 hours, better for nourishing and hydrating your skin overnight
- Cooling Formula: Enriched with Aloe vera and precious avocado oil for a soft and silky skin feeling that will soothe and cool in equal measure
- Garnier After Sun Soothing Hydrating Lotion nourishes skin that feels dehydrated after sun exposure
- Developed by Garnier as After Sun care, this hydrating moisturiser has a cooling effect on skin and keeps it moisturised for 24 hours
- This formula helps to maintain skin’s elasticity and is enriched with naturally derived Aloe Vera, known for its highly hydrating properties and ability to soothe skin
- Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel provides soothing relief for dry skin after a fun day in the sun.
- Formulated with Aloe vera, this gel helps to soothe and soften skin that has been exposed to the elements.
- The cooling gel rubs in easily and leaves a non-greasy residue.
- Calypso aftersun protection
- Aloe vera gel
- Essential accessory for holidays
- Soothing: Feel refreshed and cool-down your skin with this wonderful skincare solution providing that essential relief after a long summers’ day of sun exposure
- Hydrating: Nourish and moisturise your beloved skin with Malibu gel and provide that well needed hydration after a long day under the sun’s UV rays, preventing dried out skin and skin peeling
- Kind to Skin: Malibu After sun is suitable for all skin types being soft and gentle on skin. Plus, Malibu is cruelty free
Last update on 2021-08-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API