Sunburn is the skin’s reaction to the ultraviolet radiation (UV) in sunlight. You can see sunlight and feel heat (infrared radiation) but you can’t see or feel UV radiation. It can damage your skin even on cool, cloudy days.
Symptoms of sunburn
The symptoms of sunburn include:
- Change in skin colour, ranging from pink to red and even purple
- Skin that feels hot to the touch
- Pain and/or itching
- Fluid-filled blisters that may itch and eventually pop or break
- Broken blisters that peel to reveal even more tender skin beneath.
Sunburn skin will change colour within two to six hours of being burnt and the colour change will continue to develop for up to seventy-two hours.
We should all now be completely aware of the dangers of overexposure to sunlight. We only need to expose our skin to sunshine for 10 minutes a day in the early morning or late afternoon to achieve the necessary manufacture of vitamin D in our skin.
If the face and head are burned, apply cool compresses using the essential oils. Run a cool bath deep enough to submerge the body up to the neck. Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil (depending on age) to one teaspoon vegetable oil, and disperse into the water. Stay in the bath 15-30 minutes. Pat dry. Smooth sunburn, blended all over the burned skin. Be very gentle when applying it, or the skin will be even more painful! Apply neat lavender essential oil to any sunburned blistered areas.