People soak in the sun to get the perfect suntan, but sometimes they stay so long, they forget the downside of tanning – sunburn. Research released by Cancer Council on World Cancer Day shows that more than 2.4 million Australian adults were getting sunburnt while outdoors last summer. Learning how to keep your skin as guarded as possible is vital for enjoying time in the sun. Here’s what you need to know about the causes and symptoms of sunburn, along with methods to help relieve the discomfort.
What is sunburn? Why is it so bad for your skin?
Sunburn is a radiation burn caused when the ultraviolet (UV) rays of sunlight damage DNA in the upper layer of your skin cells, resulting in painful stinging, itching, redness and even blistering. Furthermore, sun exposure can also alter the genetic makeup of your skin cells, increasing the risk of developing certain skin cancers.
Sunburn varies from mild to severe – it depends on the depth and size of the affected area of skin. It’s called a first-degree burn when it affects only the outer layer of your skin. It can be relieved by taking aspirin or ibuprofen or applying some moisturising cream. However, UV rays can penetrate and damage deep layers of your skin, called a second-degree sunburn. This is usually more painful and takes longer to heal. As a result, you may see redness, swelling and blisters form on your skin. If blisters form breaks, it can further slow down your skin’s natural healing process and increase the risk of infection.
Treating your sunburnt skin as soon as you can is important. This is a key step in helping your skin heal—and helping you to feel better sooner. There are several remedies you can use to soothe a minor sunburn. However, if your sunburn is severe to the point of blistering, we suggest you should call a doctor for medical treatment.
Does moisturiser help the healing process?
Moisturising cream/lotion is the most common method that people use to deal with sunburn. But you need to be sure to apply it after your skin has cooled off, otherwise you’ll trap heat and cause more pain and inflammation. It is suggested to rinse off burning skin with cold water first to provide immediate relief and then apply moisturiser for sunburn when the skin is still wet. Moisturising lotions can help soothe sunburn by calming irritated skin and keeping moisture in.
While there are numerous moisturising products on the market, only a few ingredients have been proven to help to soothe sunburn. We suggest that you can swap your usual body moisturiser to a vitamin E infused alternative. Research shows vitamin E can moisturise and soothe dry, flaky skin, and help to relieve the burning and itching from a sunburn.
Vitamin E, as an anti-inflammatory agent, repairs the inflammatory damage after UV exposure as well as calms and hydrates irritated skin. Moreover, Vitamin E is an antioxidant. UV light triggers mutations in the skin that can lead to skin cancer and premature aging, but antioxidants counteract some of this UV-induced damage.
What is the best Vitamin E product on the market?
DU’IT VE+ Vitamin E face cream contains 12% of active Vitamin E, which is 6 times higher than a standard Vitamin E cream for sunburn. It works to neutralise free radical activities and to protect the skin from UV damage. The non-greasy texture can easily be absorbed into the skin and can have a calming and healing effect for skin redness and irritation. Furthermore, if your skin has been burnt, peeling is an unavoidable part of the healing process. This Vitamin E cream also has a moisturising benefit that helps promote skin cell turnover, repair skin moisture barriers, and further soothe irritated skin, speeding up the healing process and leaving your skin supple and soft again. It’s free from parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil and other irritating ingredients, making it a milder skincare option for sensitive and sunburned skin.
“I bought 2 of these recently. One for the glovebox of my car and the other to keep in a handbag. It’s great for deeply moisturising dry skin and calming any type of skin irritation – it helps reduce skin peeling and soreness after sunburn. The texture is thick and there’s none of that drippy watery feel. After applying the cream, you will feel incredibly cooling and healing on your skin.” – Alice, Vic
DU’IT VE+ Vitamin E Face Cream
DU’IT VE+ Vitamin E Face moisturiser is a high potency (120iu/g or 12%) vitamin E face cream, that contains 6 times more vitamin E than that of standard vitamin E cream, providing exceptional moisturising properties for dry skin. It neutralises free radical activity, moisturises dehydrated skin, fine lines and guards against premature skin ageing.