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How to soothe your sunburn the right way

When protecting your skin from the sun, you can't rely on clothing and accessories alone. You might need to look at a good sunscreen as well. Sunburn skin can be painful. It causes a burning sensation and increases the risk of brown spots, freckles, and wrinkles.

In This Article:

Understanding Sunburn

Sunburn Risk Factors

The extent and severity of sunburn depends on your skin type and level of sun exposure. Putting on sun-protective accessories and clothing and sunscreen application goes a long way to protect your skin from damaging UV rays. Read on to learn more about sunburn and how you can avoid the possibility of sunburn.

Understanding Sunburn

Your skin experiences sunburns when it is exposed to the sun's UVB rays. These rays damage the skin's protective layer, resulting in reddening and blistering. A single severe sunburn can lead to lasting damage to the skin. Sunburned skin may turn red within a few hours, and the condition will persist for 48 to 78 hours. Eventually, the sunburned skin starts peeling off the body, shedding damaged and dead skin cells. Hence, applying good-quality sunburn sunscreen is important before stepping out.

Sunburn Risk Factors

  • Exposure Time: Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk.
  • Time of Day: Sunburn risk is higher during peak sunlight hours, typically between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Reflective Surfaces: Surfaces like water, sand, and snow can reflect sunlight, intensifying UV exposure.
  • Lack of Sunscreen: Not applying or reapplying sunscreen increases vulnerability to sunburn.

Prevention Measures

If you are looking for proven ways on how to reduce sunburn, then consider wearing the following before heading out in the sun:

  1. Clothing Choices: Wear long-sleeved, lightweight, preferably dark-coloured clothing for better protection. Avoid loose or open-weave garments.
  2. Sunscreen Application: Apply sunscreen generously to exposed skin areas. We recommend using our Niacinamide and Pro-Ceramides sunscreen gel with SPF 50 PA+++. Our clinically tested In-Vivo Sunscreen Gel with SPF 50 PA+++ shields your skin against UVA, UVB, and blue light, fights pigmentation, and helps maintain a healthy skin barrier. 

  3. UV-Protective Sunglasses: Choose sunglasses with UV protection, ensuring they cover your eyes fully. Look for wraparound styles for better coverage.
  4. Footwear Coverage: Opt for footwear that fully covers your feet, especially if wearing flip-flops or sandals, and apply sunscreen to exposed areas.

Choosing The Right Sunscreen

Simply learning ways of how to use sunscreen on the face isn't enough. You must first invest in the best quality sunscreen. To choose the right sunscreen, consider the following points -

  • Sunscreen type - you may choose spray or creams based on your preferences and needs.
  • Choose sunscreen with a 30+ or 50+ SPF
  • Invest in a broad-spectrum sunscreen for protection against UVB and UVA rays.
  • Buy a waterproof sunscreen.

Sometimes, even with a lot of precaution, you may be exposed to sunburn. What next? You must look at post-suncare. Here are some products that may help you!

1. Cleanser

    Sun tanning can be tough to remove, but the right products can be a game-changer. Our Daily De-Tan Cleanser with Niacinamide and Vitamin C has been clinically shown to diminish skin tan in just seven days and eliminate apparent dark spots. It also removes impurities and exfoliates your skin to provide a natural glow.

    2. Soothing Gel

      Sunburns can be painful, and while getting rid of them can be time-consuming, soothing products are available to make the process easier. Our Soothing After-Sun Gel Creme with Allantoin works wonders. Thanks to the addition of Calming Complex and Allantoin, it offers rapid cooling relief for sunburns, red, irritated skin, and other skin conditions.


      Preventive measures go a long way in protecting the skin from harmful sun rays. Investing in a good-quality sunscreen helps ensure an extra layer of protection. It would help if you also learnt how to use sunscreen the right way for best protection. For complete sun protection, combine smart preventive measures with sunscreen application to keep yourself protected from UVB and UVA rays.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q:1 How often should I reapply sunscreen?

      A. Reapply sunscreen every two hours for maximum protection, even if you work indoors.

      Q:2 How much sunscreen should I apply?

      A. You may need an ounce of sunscreen to ensure complete neck and face protection and another ounce to protect your arm and other exposed areas. However, the quantity may vary according to the individual's requirements.

      Q:3 How are UVA rays different from UVB rays?

      A. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing ageing effects like wrinkles, while UVB rays primarily affect the skin's surface, causing sunburn and contributing to skin cancer risk.

      Q:4 What is the difference between sunburn and suntan?

      A. When UVB radiation damages the upper layers of the skin, it is termed as sunburn. When the UVA radiation penetrates the lower epidermis, it triggers the cells to produce melanin, resulting in suntan.

      Written by Samradni Pradhan on Mar 18, 2024
      Samradni combines her love for exploring diverse beauty products with her knack for expressive writing. She delivers engaging content in the world of beauty with confidence and insight.

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