Tips for Soothing a Sunburn

 

Sunburns can be a pain. In todays post, I share tips to help you soothe a painful sunburn.

Apply aloe vera to the painful area. Aloe vera derives from the aloe plant. Applying aloe vera to the skin can lessen the sting from a sunburn, and calm the skin. The cooling effect of aloe vera should help the sting associated with a sunburn.

Soaking the skin in cold water for immediate relief.  Cold water draws the heat from your skin. Swelling is also reduced.

Lather skin with a milk-based lotion. Moisturizing lotions containing milk ingredients have a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. The skin also remains hydrated.

Stay hydrated. A sunburn dehydrates the body. Our natural healing mechanisms bring moisture into the burned area. Increasing water intake helps the body replenish lost moisture. Headache and fatigue may go with a sunburn – staying hydrated helps avoid this.

Skip scrubbing. Using a loofah or products containing micro-beads (e.g. body scrubs) increases irritation by stripping away moisture. Lathering with soap provides moisture without increasing irritation.

What are your go-to remedies to ease a sunburn? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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