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Oatmeal baths ‘can help to soothe sunburn’

aking a dip in an oatmeal bath might not sound very appealing, but it could help to ease the painful effects of sunburn.

This is according to David Leffell, a professor of dermatology and surgery at Yale Medical School in the US.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, he said oatmeal contains both soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, which can combat the soreness and itchiness that often follows sunburn.

However, it’s important to ensure the bath is cooled before you get in, as getting scolded by hot water is the last thing you want if your skin is already burnt.

Dr Leffell also warned that some remedies that are commonly touted on the internet, such as applying tea leaves and yogurt, should be approached with caution as there is little scientific data to suggest they will have any sort of impact.

“My attitude in treating sunburn is that you can try this and that but the most important thing is to moisturise,” he stated.

The Yale professor recommended soothing sunburnt skin with a cream that contains aloe vera as this is more hydrating than some of the gel products that are on the market at the moment. Dr Leffell added that anyone whose skin develops large blisters or suffers from a fever after spending too long out in the sun should contact a doctor.

While taking a soak in an oatmeal bath might be a last resort if you’re suffering from a particularly sore burn, the best course of action is to do your best to avoid damaging your skin in the first place.

Relaxing under a shade sail structure is the perfect way to do this. These canopies are specifically designed to block the sun’s UV rays while providing a cool and pleasant space in which to enjoy the outdoors.

When you’re not being protected by a shade, make sure to cover your skin where possible and regularly apply sun lotion to any areas that are exposed.

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