First Aid for Sunburn

Feel like sunbathing? You should do so before 11 am and after 4 pm. For the midday sun, there are three main rules: Avoid direct exposure, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen to your skin. What should you do if sunburn occurs? Here are five tips for healthy skin

1. If you do get sunburn, get out of the sun immediately and go indoors. Once you’re protected from the sun’s rays, the body can start to repair its skin.

2. Cool large areas of the skin with damp towels or a wet t-shirt.

3. Drink plenty of fluids; water or green tea are particularly beneficial.

4. A yoghurt compress is a good household remedy, and cools for up to 4 hours. Do not apply the yoghurt directly to the skin, since it can stick to the skin as it warms. Place a clean cloth on a kitchen towel, spread a layer of yoghurt on it, top with another clean cloth and then cover that with a hand towel. Then place the compress on the affected area.

5. In case of open wounds or large areas of severely sunburnt skin, seek immediate medical treatment!