Brits have been extremely fortunate to have been graced with such glorious sunshine at the moment, so unsurprisingly we’re spending every second we can soaking up those rays.
But before you even think about stepping outside you should be applying a generous layer of sun cream.
For some this may come naturally – after years of their parents drumming it into their heads – but for others hoping to build up a glowing tan, ditching the suncream is the norm.
The result? Sunburn – and we’ve all been there.
But if you’ve misplaced your aftersun and you’re struggling to get your hands on some, we have an at-home remedy for you to try that works just as well.
Dr Joshua Zechner, a dermatologist from New York, revealed that cold milk is the perfect solution for that uncomfortable sunburn.
Pain caused by sunburn should be treated differently to aches or stings explains Dr Zeichner.
He said they key to pain relief in this scenario is a cold compress.
This helps to pull heat away from the painful area and also eases the inflammation by shrinking the swollen cells.
More specifically, a cold, milk-soaked compress helps cool warm skin and repair broken skin.
He told the Daily Mail: “A milk compress can help calm inflamed skin as well, as proteins in the milk coat and soothe the skin.”
Vitamins A and D, as well as amino acids, lactic acid, protein whey and casein can all be found in milk, which is why it’s the perfect substitute to your usual high street aftersun.
Whilst the proteins promote healing, lactic acid causes the skin to shed dead skin cells.
But before you start filling your bath with cartons of milk, Dr Zeichner says you just need enough to soak a flannel.
Simply pour your milk into a bowl, making sure that it is cold from the fridge, and soak a cloth or flannel into the milk before applying it to the sunburnt skin – you could always prepare the compress and leave it in a bowl in the fridge for the next day too.
Gently apply the compress, making sure not to rub or apply too much pressure to the skin.
And if you don’t have milk to hand, it’s not a problem.
A number of doctors also say that the enzymes in yogurt or cream does the same job.
But ultimately, you can prevent sunburn if you just apply suncream – topping up when necessary.