Let your body heal itself naturally.
We all know the pain of a bad sunburn after a long day at the beach. And we all know too the annoying process afterward of watching our skin loosen and peel away. It can be pretty tempting to help it along and peel off all the dead skin. But you actually shouldn't do that. Here's why it's bad for your skin — and what treatment you should do at home instead.
Peeling Sunburns Interrupts the Healing Process
When your skin loosens and flakes after a bad sunburn, it's your body's natural way of repairing the skin that was damaged by the sun. The pieces that detach from the layer beneath them are revealing healthy, new skin. The pieces still attached, though, are protecting skin that's still healing and vulnerable. So when you peel the dead layer away too soon, you're interrupting that important healing process. That exposed layer will be delicate and more susceptible to irritation.
So leave the peeling skin alone and let it do its thing!
There is an easy treatment that's gentle enough to help remove and soothe the loosened skin: taking a warm, relaxing bath. How does that sound?
Take a Sunburn Soothing Bath
Take advantage of one of the best remedies for sunburn, and gather these items from your kitchen:
- Plain oats
- Blender or coffee grinder
Dump a small bowl-full of whole oats (not a packet of instant oatmeal) in the blender and grind them into a fine powder. Then draw a luke-warm bath (not too hot so that it irritates your burned skin) and mix in the oatmeal powder. Lie down in the tub and enjoy the rejuvination. Even light some candles!
This bath will help relieve itchiness and calm inflammation. The warm water can also help the loosened skin slough off naturally.
Then, be sure to moisturize with aloe vera, which is used to soothe and heal wounds and burns.
And, as always, remember to wear SPF daily, anytime you go outside, to protect your skin from these painful sunburns as well as the sun damage you can't see deeper in your skin.