How to Treat Sunburns

In the summer, it’s almost inevitable to get sunburned. Yes, they are terrible, we feel your pain. So, if you are suffering from a sunburn, here are some tips to help soothe the pain.

Load up on cool moisturizers. Aloe vera gels is number one for this, though if you can get fresh aloe vera, that’s even better. You can also apply calming lotions. Put it in your refrigerator for a few hours before you apply it, so it can be as cool as possible on your skin.

Whatever you do, do not put butter or greasy oils and lotions on your burn. It would just trap in the heat and cause more irritation and discomfort.

Avoid hot showers. Take lukewarm showers instead. Not to hot that you burn more skin off, and not to cold that showering is a dread as well.

Avoid harsh products in the shower. Soaps can irritate your skin even more and it is painful when they contact each other! Try to find some products that are very natural and gentle to the skin (baby shower gels should do the trick).

Avoid the sun. This should be number one, but whatever you do – avoid the sun! Do not apply sunscreen over a sunburn, as it can worsen the inflammation. If you do go out, stay in the shade and wear loose fitting clothes and hats so that it doesn’t irritate the affected areas.

Hands off! Do not pick, peel, or rub your skin – you’re just making it worse, and taking longer to heal. Leave it alone and let it heal by itself.

Soaked Cloths. If you’re taking the day off to recover, applying a soaked cloth in cool water and applying it on the burns while you sit/sleep/watch TV can help for some temporary relief.

Drink lots of water. It doesn’t do much to our skin, experts say but it can greatly help with your sunburn. Sunburns can dehydrate your body, so make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids.

Take medications/ See a doctor. You can take aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce the pain and inflammation. If you feel very sick (fever, dizziness, disorientated), are starting to get open wounds, or you feel the burn looks ‘worse’ than usual, see a doctor immediately.

Learn your lesson. You can really learn from this experience! It’s not that hard to apply sunscreen, you just have to remind yourself – reapply every 30 minutes if you’re out in the sun.

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