How does skin repair after a sunburn?

You’re out at the beach or walking in the glorious sunshine. You realise you’ve been in the heat too long and you’ve got a sunburn. No matter, you can just go and relax in the shade for a bit and then head out again right? 

Wrong! Sunburn doesn’t heal instantly and taking a break in the shade doesn’t stop the damage that has already taken place. So how long does it take for your skin to heal? And how does sunburn even work? 

We spoke to Katie Lee, a PhD candidate from the University of Queensland about how to heal your skin after that nasty sunburn.

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