Spending too much time in the sun without proper protection is a sure-fire way to get sunburnt skin, especially with New Zealand’s intense sun rays. And if you’ve ever had sunburnt skin, you’ll know it’s painful, and definitely not worth the extra time in the sun.
We all know the best way to prevent sunburn is to wear SPF, but if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of dealing with sunburnt skin, read our top tips for preventing any further damage
1. Avoid contact with your skin
Try not to touch the affected areas, unless it’s to apply an after sun cream, as this will only seek to irritate your skin further. Wear loose clothing to avoid any painful contact with heavy or itchy fabrics, and of course do not exfoliate your skin until well after it’s fully recovered.
2. Stay out of the sun
It may seem obvious, but staying out of the sun while your skin is repairing is essential for proper recovery from sun damage. Further exposure to the sun can worsen your burn and cause further pain to the area. If you do have to be out in the sun, ensure you’re covered in loose clothing and protect any unavoidable exposed areas with an SPF
3. Keep your skin hydrated
Following sun damage, your skin is in desperate need of hydration to help it with the repair and recovery process. Using a product like Ultraceuticals SunActive Face and Body Recovery Cream will help look after your sun damaged skin. The fast-acting formula contains ingredients like soy bean extract and Vitamin E to reduce irritation caused by sun exposure. The soothing aftersun cream also contains Allantoin for calming and Shea Butter to provide vital hydration for your skin.