There is nothing fun about a sunburn, especially when it's somewhere super visible, like your moneymaker. But with this simple strategy for how to heal a sunburn on your face fast, you don't have to stay in pain for long. I contacted Dr. David E. Bank at The Center for Dermatology in Westchester, NY for details on how to heal sunburns on your face quickly. But first, I want take a second to really emphasize just how 100 percent crucial wearing sunscreen is in the first place.
Whether it's sunny or not, you need to be rocking sunscreen. To really push this point, Dr. Janet H. Prystowsky, MD, told me, "UV rays that cause sun damage and age your skin are out year-round ... Working outside, sitting by your office window, and spending time outdoors will expose you to UV radiation." That means even though your face might not be visibly burned, it could potentially be damaged if you're not protecting it correctly. Sure, sitting by the window isn't going to burn the tip of your nose, but it could definitely cause sun spots unknowingly. The lesson? Always apply sunscreen on your face — no matter what!
If applying sunscreen is no longer an option and you're dealing with a burn, here are Dr. Bank's tips for how to heal the burn fast.
1. Hide From The Sun
First and foremost, Dr. Bank says, "If you have a sunburn on your face make sure you stay out of the sun." He adds, "People often think that if they are a little pink they can go lay out the following day," but it's not a good idea.
2. Apply A Cool Compress
"When you get inside, place a cool compress on your face, use a clean washcloth and cool water and let the compress lay on your face for about 10-15 minutes," says Dr. Banks. "Make sure to gently pat the area dry. The cool compress will bring down the hot sensation you feel right after getting a sunburn."
3. Keep Your Skin Moisturized
He suggests dabbing a little aloe vera gel over burns to soothe irritation, and then "use a fragrance-free moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher to ensure to try to protect your skin from future sunburns."
4. Avoid Exfoliants & Bubble Bath
Sorry girl, you need to put your bubble baths on hiatus for the moment. Dr. Bank tells me, "Do not use any exfoliants or take bubble baths when you have a sunburn. This may irritate the skin and cause more swelling, itchy or dry skin."
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