The damage is done. You’ve allowed your skin to seared by copious amounts of damaging solar radiation. There’s no quick fix for the red, angry problem. But here’s how to soothe the pain.
|Dab Some Aloe
The thick, clear gel inside the aloe vera plant contains a chemical called gibberlin, which is anti-inflammatory and helps with healing wounds. Cut open an aloe, squeeze out the gel and apply it directly to relieve itching and redness caused by sunburn. Or get a tube of Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel.
$20.90 (100ml), available at Holland & Barrett, #B2-27A Vivocity.
|Pop A Selenium
You only need micrograms of this mineral in your diet. It helps with all kinds of bodily functions, including preserving the elasticity of the skin, which is damaged after sunburn. Selenium-rich foods include brazil nut, prawns and tuna. Or you can take a supplement. Try Now Selenium.
$24.80 (90 capsules), available at Nature’s Farm, #B2-31A Ngee Ann City.
|Soak In Soda
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) helps soothe irritation by restoring the acid-alkali balance of skin. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda into lukewarm bathwater and soak. Gently pat dry afterwards. Or apply a paste version as a salve. Try Bake King Bicarbonate of Soda.
$1.15 (100g), available at Fairprice outlets.
|Load Up On Vitamin C
Exposure to the sun can reduce naturally occurring vitamin C in the skin needed for cell repair. So, increase your intake of papaya, the richest source of the vitamin among fruits. Or apply a vitamin C cream, like the GNC Vitamin C Moisturizing Cream, to speed up healing.
$15.50, available at #B1-18 Paragon.