What’s the best way to treat painful sunburn?

Dr Nikolic recommends the following:

The first and most obvious rule is to get out of the sun immediately.

Take a cold shower.

Use cold or ice compresses on the affected areas.

Take an anti-inflammatory to reduce inflammation of the skin.

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Use a topical cream like La Roche-Posay Posthelios Hydrating Aftersun Melt-in Gel (R200).

Can you mix sunscreen with your facial and body moisturiser? Will your skin still be protected?

‘Yes, but by mixing them you run the risk of diluting the SPF factor. My advice would be to apply the moisturiser first, then the sunscreen. If your moisturiser has an SPF rating, then it’s formulated to be used without the risk of dilution,’ says Dr Nikolic.

What about natural sunscreens?

Do they provide effective protection?

‘Natural sunscreen’ is another name for sunscreens that provide a physical barrier. ‘Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are both naturally occurring minerals that reflect ultraviolet radiation,’ says Dr Webster.

‘They’re very safe and work extremely well. In most modern formulations, the metals have been ground much finer than before, into nanoparticles, and do not leave white marks or residue on the skin.’

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