|Donít wait to treat the sunburn
To prevent further DNA damage you should treat the sunburn right away. Take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Aleve to reduce pain and inflammation that leads to DNA damage. Avoid applying any harsh products to the sunburned area eg. retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids. Instead, use a soothing gel or moisturizer containing aloe such as DDF Ultra Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew or one with asiatic acid to promote healing such as iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum.
Donít leave the sunburned area exposed to the sun
If you have to venture outdoors with a sunburn, be sure not to leave it exposed. Cover every inch of it with protective clothing and apply plenty of sunscreen underneath. Since the sunburned skin is very sensitive it is best to use a physical based sunscreen; one containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Chemical based sunscreens may irritate the skin more and slow down healing. Try Innovative Skincare SPF25 Treatment Sunscreen or Applied Therapeutics Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF25. If the sunburn is on your face, apply a thick layer of sunscreen, wear a big hat and sunglasses, and minimize the time youíll spend in the sun.
|Let the healing begin
Apply a serum or cream with retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate the damaged skin and prevent further DNA damage. This is also a good time to apply an antioxidant such as Vitamin C and/or Vitamin E. We highly recommend iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance+. It contains all of the above ingredients as well as olive leaf extract to maximize healing. Another good one to try is NIA24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum. It contains willow bark, a plant-based exfoliator that is as powerful as any alpha hydroxy acid but without the harsh side effects. And be sure to wear sunscreen! After all, havenít you learned your lesson?