I received my first sunburn of the season yesterday. I figured it was timely to update this post from last summer. I’ve heard of and used a range of sunburn relief remedies. Sunburns are not only painful but they might also lead to dehydration and blistering skin. Check out my quick list of sunburn remedies below:
1. Rinse with cool water
Cool water reduces inflammation in the skin. A cold bath or shower helps calm the inflammatory response in your skin to provide soothing relief. Avoid fizzy bath products and any fragrance. These items may increase irritation.
2. Take an anti-inflammatory pill
NSAID’s (non-steriod anti inflammatory) like Ibuprofen both reduces inflammation and expedites recovery. One pill should be taken within a few hours of sustaining a sunburn, and every 4-6 hours after. How do NSAID’s help? Once the swelling subsides, your skin begins repairing its sunburned barrier.
3. Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water to combat the drying effects of a sunburn. Hydration comes from different sources, so you don’t necessarily have to consume a litre bottle of water. Fruits like watermelon and strawberries contain water to replenish lost moisture from the skin.
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!