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Cover your skin
Cover your skin with light clothing so it’s not exposed.
Come out of the sun and stay inside where it’s cool.
Drink cold water – keep taking sips. You need to drink more water to keep hydrated as when you’re sunburned your skin draws fluid to the surface of your skin and away from other parts of your body.
Have a cool shower or bath. Or gently sponge the sunburnt skin. Just do this for ten minutes at a time – you can do it again if it helps ease the soreness. Pat your skin dry, and you can leave your skin with a bit of water on it.
Consider taking medicine
If you need to you can take over-the-counter painkillers to soothe and ease discomfort.
Assess your skin – if it’s not blistering then you know that it’s mild sunburn, in which case you can put on some soothing lotion, such as a moisturiser, after-sun cream or you can try aloe vera. Applying cream on top of your damp skin locks the moisture in which can help with dryness.
See a doctor
If the skin has developed blisters this means the burn is severe and you’ll need to see a doctor.
If you’ve got sunburn it’s really important you do everything you can to stay safe in the sun and not let it happen again.