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Tips to Avoid Skin Peeling in Isla Mujeres

The star of the show on any Isla Mujeres vacation? Well, it’s got to be the sun, right? As a guest here at Privilege Aluxes, you’ve got one of the world’s best setups for soaking up tropical sunshine, whether it’s beside the pool, kicking back on the beach, or out on your own private balcony.

(And then, of course, there are those truly epic Isla Mujeres sunsets that have made this corner of the Mexican Caribbean a legendary one…)

The Flip Side of All That Tropical Sunshine

Drying off after a dip, perfecting your tan—those are some of the premier everyday pleasures of a vacation here. But it’s important to remember that those friendly sunrays pack a punch, too. Properly protecting yourself from excessive UV exposure is a must, which means applying sunscreen of adequate strength, wearing hat and sunglasses, and mixing that sunbathing and swimming with plenty of high-quality shade time.

It may take a couple of days to fully manifest, but you’ll certainly know when you’ve gotten too much of that tropic sun. Despite your best efforts at prevention, you may end up with the redness and soreness of a sunburn. And that sun-damaged skin eventually gets sloughed off via peeling, which for some people is just as annoying as the discomfort of the actual burn.

Dealing With Peeling Skin From a Sunburn

Moisturizing with aloe vera is a good method of combating that peeling, not to mention the pain. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Avoid scratching that unhappy patch of sun-licked skin, as that will only make the peeling worse.

Remember, too, that it’s essential to keep sunburnt, peeling skin protected with sunscreen when you’re outside.

Hopefully these approaches will at least minimize the extent of post-sunburn skin peeling. In terms of the soreness and swelling of the burn itself, the Mayo Clinic also recommends taking a pain reliever such as ibuprofen.

To sum up, the best way to avoid skin peeling is to avoid the sunburn in the first place: by using sunscreen (and reapplying at the recommended intervals), wearing physical sun protection, and avoiding prolonged exposure to the most intense UV rays. If you do come down with a sunburn, use pain relievers and moisturizers as necessary to try to head off the worst of it at the pass.

And may we recommend a nice cold drink at one of the Privilege Aluxes restaurants or bars as a secondary treatment, if you will, in the event that Caribbean sun beams a little too boldly on your skin…