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Surviving sunburn

  • Published at 12:27 pm June 29th, 2013
Surviving sunburn

With Dhaka’s scorching heat searing into our skins, we are left struggling to beat the sun’s direct rays. Smearing sunblock on our skin, shielding ourselves with umbrellas and even wearing wide hats won't always help us beat the wrath of the sun. This week, Avenue T gives its readers a comprehensive guide on how to care for sun-damaged skin.

Keep yourself hydrated Sweating makes you lose a lot of water, leaving you dehydrated, and making your skin lose moisture. Make sure you drink plenty of water during summer time. Eight to ten glasses of water a day will help keep you hydrated.

Cool off Once you’ve gotten away from the heat, cool off with a wet towel dipped in ice-cold water by placing it against your skin. You can even bathe in cold water. Moisturise Moisturise your skin using aloe vera cream. As a preventive measure, apply sunscreen lotion with SPF 25 an hour before exposure to the sun. Milk Dip a cloth or gauze in cool milk and gently slide it against your skin. The protein film created by the milk will soothe your sunburn, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple.

Honey and lemon pack Mix one part honey with one part lemon juice to form a paste. Apply the paste to tanned, sunburnt areas to soothe and lighten your skin back to its natural colour. Tomato Rubbing a freshly sliced tomato on your skin helps prevent sunburn. The lycopene in the tomatoes reduces the ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Uptan Purchase any leading uptan packs and mix into a paste with water. Apply to sunburnt areas, wait for it to dry completely, and then wash it off with a cool cloth. This too, helps lighten the skin.