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We were finally treated to some glorious weather over the long weekend.

Thanks to the high temperatures, we flocked to the beach, the local park and to barbeques to embrace that sweet sunshine.

As we waved goodbye to the bank holiday weekend and returned to work, college and school, many of us have been left suffering from some brutal sunburn.

 

Health experts always stress the importance of wearing sunscreen, especially during the summer months, however, many people tend to neglect their skin and fail to realise just how dangerous sunburn can be.

We all know just how painful sunburn can be so we have gathered up a list of home remedies that will soothe your pain in no time.

1: Sit back and relax in the bath with a good book. Simply add some lavender or chamomile essential oil to your bath and your skin will be sting-free.

2: To soothe that nasty sunburn on your face freeze some cucumbers and then blend them until they form a paste. The cucumber will also help soften your skin when it starts to peel.

3: Always keep some aloe vera at home as it will be your saviour when you or your kiddos are sunburnt. It has strong healing remedies and has often been hailed as the perfect natural remedy for burns.

4: You may not believe this but potatoes can also help ease your pain. Boil and peel the potatoes, and then let them cool. Apparently, the starch in potatoes draws out heat which will help cool your skin and relieve some discomfort.

5: Staying hydrated will speed up your recovery. Your skin is extremely dehydrated when you’re sunburned, so make sure to boost your water intake.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland and the fifth most common cancer in the United Kingdom.

Protecting your skin is vital and applying sun cream should be part of your daily skincare regime. The home remedies mentioned above may help ease the pain of sunburn, but it is far easier to just protect your skin from the sun.

Experts encourage the public to apply a sunscreen with a good UVA and UVB protection, with a four- or five-star rating and a high SPF, especially from April to September.

Don’t forget to protect your skin this summer!

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Up to 80% of a person’s annual UV exposure happens in day to day life, rather than on holidays, and with up to 22 degrees promised this weekend, it's time to consider your sun care. 

 It's meant to be as hot in Ireland as it is in Spain on Saturday and Sunday, so get prepared. 

 KIEHLS Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF50 €41.00

One of the main complaints about sun screen is the sticky consistency it leaves on our skin. 

This offering from Kiehl's promises to eradicate that feeling, with an ultra-light formula. 

Sun screen is a day to day essential, so apply liberally, sis. 

 

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Hydrating Face Sun Cream Mist Spf 50 €11.95

While we all hate applying sun screen under makeuop beacsue it can be a tad greasy, this product completely combats that.

The hydrating face spray has been designed to provide UVA and UVB protection with a lightweight skin feel, and can easily be applied either under or over makeup whilst on-the-go. 

So literally keep it in the handbag and take it out as you need. 

Sun Protection Lip Treatment €26.00

While you're looking after the skin on your face, it's important not to neglect your lips. 

The skin on your lips is more delicate than the rest, and the sun's UV rays are ageing AF. 

L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Solar Sublime Shampoo €14.50, L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Solar Sublime Masque €19.50, L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Solar Sublime Spray €18.00

One area people probably don't consider oo much when it comes to sun protection is their hair. 

Like the rest of our bodies, our hair is susceptible to the sun's rays. 

The Série Expert Solar Sublime haircare range from L’Oréal Professionnel protects your hair from UV rays as well as leaves the hair feeling hydrated after a day in the sun. It's available from salons nationwide. 

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter Exotic Coconut, €6.50

So if you do happen to get a little too much sun, a soothing after-balm is essential. 

This Hawaiian Tropic Coconut body butter doubles as an after sun to enrich over-heated skin with shea butter for 12 hour moisturization. 

Plus THE SMELL lads. Divine.

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Summer 2018 is just around the corner and as temperatures (slowly but surely) begin to rise, our thoughts can't help but drift to poolside cocktails and exotic holiday destinations.

Picture it. Sandy beaches, glorious sunshine, and a lounger with your name on it – pure bliss. 

That is, of course, until you look in the mirror later that evening only to realise you now resemble some kind of lobster-human hybrid. 

 

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Yep. You forgot to reapply your sun cream AGAIN, and now you must spend the rest of you holiday under a parasol, covered in layer of aloe vera. 

Well, what if there was a way to inject some much-needed fun into your mundane sun care regime? – Say no more.  

You can now cover yourself from head-to-toe in Unicorn Snot glittery sunscreen – because why not?

Brought to us my the innovative ladies over at Always Fits, the "one-of-a-kind sunscreen" promises to keep your skin protected with a lightweight sparkle. 

The SPF 30 formula works just like normal sun block and is available in a rainbow of glittering colours including pick, gold and aqua blue.

As well as being water-resistant, it's safe to use on your face and body, so you can enjoy all the protection of your normal sun cream – just with some added glitz. 

 

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