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Best Ways To Combat Sunburn This Summer

Let's face it, in Australia we're all probably going to have to deal with a sunburn at one time or another.

While we do try to take the necessary precautions and Slip, Slop, Slap - it's hard to escape the overbearing Aussie sun in the summer months.

We've found some helpful hints to combat the effects of sunburn.

You can't undo the damage, but you can help it heal faster.

1. Work from the inside out

Drink lots of water to rehydrate because after being in the sun your skin loses moisture. 

Also, if you realise you're a little too red, Dr Joshua Zeichner of Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC told Health that he recommends taking an over-the-counter inflammatory pill like ibuprofen or aspirin.

This can help stop inflammation and redness getting any worse and ease pain.

(*Consult your doctor or a medical professional)

2. Keep your skin moisturised

The sun takes away the moisture in your skin, so keep it replenished with a rich moisturiser.

Dr Zeichner recommends looking for brands that contain aloe, glycerin or hyaluronic acid.

For an extra treat for your skin, try keeping your moisturiser in the fridge for an added refreshing effect.

3. Cool down

Once you get to a shower, rinse off any salt, sweat, sand or chlorine from your body with cool water.

If you have a bath, that's even better! Try adding a cup of whole oats to the water to calm your skin.

Make a DIY compress using skim milk, egg whites or green tea. The proteins in the milk and egg whites calm the burn, and green tea reduces inflammation.

Source: Health

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