How to get rid of sunburn?

Don’t torment yourself if you need advice on how best to sunbathe, try these techniques and procedures, to reduce blisters, redness and peeling.

The recent heatwave has brought some of the nicest weather of the year with plenty of us soaking up the sun. Since during the year we rarely enjoy the pleasure of enjoying the hot weather, when it comes, we flock to parks and beaches to bask in it. But it's easy to get carried away and forget to replenish your stock of skin care products.

According to a Mintel survey over half of women who took part agreed that sun care is necessary, in addition to any skincare containing SPF, yet a whopping 37% admitted that they find it difficult to remember to apply SPF as part of their daily routine. But a short stint in the sun without proper protection can easily cause damage (and pain). Even 15 minutes of exposure can be enough to burn paler skin, so it's vital to always lather up the SPF before heading out and to reapply throughout the day.

If the damage has already been done and you're looking a little red and blistered, here are some ways you can soothe skin and make the redness fade a little quicker.

How to get rid of sunburn - top tips

"Get away from the sun"

It might seem obvious, but as soon as you start seeing a patch of red, get into the shade. You don't want to burn the area further - and if the redness hasn't faded overnight, then don't go sunbathing again the next day, as you'll only be damaging your skin further.

"Take painkillers"

Some common painkillers can help relieve the discomfort and inflammation caused by a sunburn. If you can, take Ibuprofen for the next 48 hours - but check the leaflet and make sure you don't go over their recommended dose.

"Cool the area"

Applying a cool compress to the skin can help remove the initial redness. Catch the moment quickly and jump into the cool bath, or cover the burn area with cold towels, and you can stop it from further burning. Just as you put your finger under cool water after a burn with boiling water, you can also use the same principle for tanning.

"Keep hydrated"

Sunburns often encourage fluid loss through the skin so make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your hydration levels up.

"Wear loose clothing"

Anything that rubs against your sunburn can make it more painful and swollen. Wear baggy shirts and pants and hold on without narrow belts or neckline.