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Aloe Vera Sunscreen for Skin Peeling after Sunburn

Updated on December 11, 2014

Why Does Skin Peel After a Sunburn?

Peeling of the skin after a sunburn is an occurrence many people can relate to especially in the summer months as they try to get that perfect tan.

Depending on the condition of one's skin, the peeling off of the skin can be very painful not to mention unsightly.

One is therefore inclined to ask "does peeling of the skin after sunburn help? In fact, it does help in a very important and necessary way.

This peeling of the skin is a natural reaction of the human body as it tries to make space for the growth of a new layer of skin to replace that which has already been damaged by the sun.

In essence, the peeling off process is a necessary and unavoidable part of the rejuvenation of our skin.

What can one do to prevent sunburn?

Preventing a sunburn in the first place is the most effective way of not getting the peeling skin that results from it.

The most effective way of preventing a sunburn is to avoid long exposure to direct sun rays which will microwave the top most layer of the skin.


You have to ensure that before you go out in the sun you have applied enough of a good quality sunscreen lotion.

These sunscreens block the most harmful part of the light spectrum that has a negative effect on the skin. Many sunscreens also have a moisturizing effect on the skin as well as been water-resistant to allow one enjoy a good swim without having to constantly to reapply them.

What to do when your skin is peeling after sunburn

While applying sunscreen can prevent sunburns and the resultant peeling of the skin, there are times when it is unfortunately unavoidable and has to be remedied. The following are the recommended steps for one to take when they are faced with the prospect of peeling skin:

  • To alleviate the discomfort that accompanies sunburn, first wash the skin with mild soap and lukewarm or cold water then gently dab a soft cloth on it. Do not rub the cloth vigorously as you would on normal skin as this will only lead to more damage.
  • You then apply a mild moisturizer to keep the skin from drying which will lead to further peeling which is something that you do not want to happen.
  • At this stage, the skin will need to be properly aerated so as to give it room to heal well. It is therefore advisable not to wear tight clothing that will prevent the healing of the skin and encourage growth of harmful bacteria.
  • To hydrate the skin even better, ensure that you take in enough water -- the standard recommended eight glasses of water will go a long way in ensuring that you skin start the healing journey
  • Under no circumstances should you peel any of the skin no matter how tempting it may be. If there are large pieces of hanging skin, they should be cut using scissors

After all is said and done, the best way to prevent peeling of the skin is to avoid sunburn in the first place. This can be done by ensuring that you are well equipped before you step out to enjoy a day in the sun -- sunscreens, moisturizers and lotions.

There are good number of sunscreen lotions that can provide protection to the skin and prevent sunburn. Aloe vera has been known to have anti-burn properties that have been well researched and proven.

However, this is only applicable to superficial conditions such as mild sunburns -- any serious burns should be referred to a medical practitioner for proper attention.


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