Sunburned? You don't need me or anyone else reminding you that you should have worn sunscreen - your screaming red skin is reminder enough! So what can you do to ease the pain and speed up the healing? Here are some tips:
- Take a cool shower and gently lather up with a moisturizing soap.
- As soon as you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp, rub aloe all over your sunburn. The store-bought gel works well (I keep mine in the fridge), but if you have an aloe plant, that'll work better. Just break off a stalk, peel one side of the skin off and rub it all over the affected area. You can save the leftover stalk wrapped in a plastic baggie in the fridge. If you don't have aloe, rub regular lotion all over your skin.
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- If the area is really hot and burning, apply cool, wet washcloth compresses to your burn.
- Take an aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling.
- Drink plenty of water to re-hydrate yourself.
- Wear loose fitting clothes so you don't irritate your skin.
- If your skin blisters, avoid popping the bubbles because it can cause infection. Continue to moisturize your skin several times a day with aloe or lotion.
- Stay out of the sun until your skin heals.
Fit's Tips: Since the next time you go out in the sun, you won't forget your sunscreen, just remember to reapply it every 2 hours so you can be fully protected. Remember to check the expiration date if you still have last year's sunscreen.