Treating a Sunburn

As much as we try to protect our skin from the sun, it seems that at some point during the summer, we will end up getting burned somewhere. Whether you simply forgot to put on sun screen, missed a spot, or didn’t realize a part of our skin wasn’t covered…it happens to the best of us.

The greatest picture ever of a guy with a sunburn!

When we do get sunburned, it’s important that we take care of it immediately or as soon as we are able to. Whether it’s as simple as stepping out of the sun or covering it up with fabric that the light can’t penetrate, it’s important to respond quickly.

Going into cold water, will feel like an instant relief. It will help cool down the skin. Also, while your skin is still damp, it’s best to apply aloe vera lotion and/or gel to help soothe the skin. So while it may hurt to phsycially put it on…if you sit with it for a few minutes and let is soak into your skin, you will be feeling some relief.

Cold water helps to relieve pain from a sunburn

It’s also a good idea to take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen. This will help reduce redness and also help with the swelling.

While you’re swallowing those pills with a glass of water, do some extra chugging, because you also will want to drink an extra amount of water. When you are sunburned, the water in our bodies moves up to the surface of the skin. This means that other parts of our body will not get as much water as they should, which could lead to dehydration.

Drinking extra water will help keep you hydrated

As you are recuperating from the burn, remember to take extra care of your skin. If you’re heading back out into the sun, make sure your skin is covered with fabric that won’t allow the light to come through.

If your skin is blistering in large areas, then you will need to seek medical help. But if it’s just a normal sunburn, taking these steps will reduce the pain and hopefully shorten the healing time.

Sunburn Treatment Tips

  • Get out of the sun or cover up the burn with clothing
  • Cold water such as a shower or bath will cool you down
  • Use Aloe Vera lotion/gel to soothe skin
  • Aspirin or Ibuprofen (reduces swelling and redness)
  • Drink Water
  • Keep burned area covered up while heading back outside.
  • If large area begins blistering, seek medical help.
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