Summer is here, and with that means days spent at the swimming pool or beach, and spending more time outside in general! If you are like me, you might have experienced a few nasty sunburns over the years, that were less than pleasant! I have curated a list of ways to treat a sunburn and get relief from the pain that comes with it!
Sunburns can happen to anyone, no matter how careful you are. I do recommend following the instructions on the back of your sunscreen as to how often to apply. It is important to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays. The misconception is you can’t tan when you are wearing sunscreen. That is totally false, wearing sunscreen protects your skin from the harmful UV rays, it still allows you to tan. So don’t skip that sunscreen because you think it won’t let you get a little darker this summer.
When To Go In And Be Seen By A Doctor
Sometimes if you get burned really bad, it is recommended to go in and be seen by a doctor. If you feel nauseous, have a fever, or experience chills it might be for the better to go get seen. Also if you develop blisters on more than 20% of your body!
Surviving A Sunburn This Summer With These Tips
If you are still by the pool or beach, take a dip in the cold water. This will help cool down the burn and your body temperature. Don’t stay in too long, as you will risk making your sunburn even worse. If you are at home take a cool bath to help calm down the burn.
If you are hurting pretty good grab some pain relievers like Ibuprofen or Aspirin! This can help with the inflammation from the sunburn. Wear loose, soft, breathable clothing to avoid further skin irritation, and stay out of the sun.
Wear Loose Clothing
Don’t wear anything tight after a sunburn, it can cause more skin irritation. Wear nice and loose fitting clothes that are comfortable.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Take a soft cloth and dip it in some apple cider vinegar (not distilled white), and apply it to the affected area. Allow it to sit on the skin for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off. This really helps minimize the sunburn and helps it heal a lot faster. Do this morning and night!
Homemade Aloe Ice Cubes
You can take that instant comfort to the next level by freezing some Aloe gel in ice cube trays. It will help to numb the pain while the aloe does its magic. Find out how to make them here.
In a food processor or blender, grind up some old fashioned oatmeal, and pour a cup into your bath water. Make sure it is warm, and get in and soak. It will help reduce the inflammation and soothe itchy skin!
Plain yogurt is another great item to help with your sunburn. It has a lot of probiotics, and can help your skin restore! Apply the yogurt to the burn and let it sit for 15 minutes and then dab it off with a soft wet cold washcloth.
Make sure that you are drinking a lot of fluids after a burn! It takes a lot out of you, and staying hydrated will help your skin gain back moisture and heal faster.
Cornstarch On Sheets
For those nights it is so painful to even lay down in bed, sprinkle cornstarch on your sheets. A light dusting will do, and it will help minimize any friction between you and your sheets. You can also use baby powder if you want! Just wash sheets in the morning!
Stay Out Of The Sun
Once you get burned, don’t make the mistake by going out again. Let your skin heal, or it will be way worse of a burn, and you could develop blisters.
If you do happen to get a sunburn this summer, try out some of these tips to feel better.