It’s almost 4th of July weekend and you know what that means- barbeques, fireworks, and probably, sunburn. If you didn’t wear sunscreen or didn’t properly reapply, you could be dealing with blistering, red skin. It may be painful now, but there are a few things you can do to soothe your sunburn.
- What to drink: water -the sun seems to zap all the hydration right out of you so make sure you are putting that H2O and maybe some Gatorade back in your cells. This is crucial to getting better, faster.
- What to take: Ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory, it will help relieve pain.
- What to wear: loose-fitting, soft clothing. Flowly cotton will feel best. I like to wear silk pajamas when sunburn because it’s cool and smooth. You may think wearing nothing will help, but your skin will be touching something anytime you sit down so it’s best it be a soft layer.
- What to use: Solarcaine – this stuff is heaven-sent. It contains aloe vera AND lidocaine to help numb the pain + releases a cooling sensation. Plain aloe or aftersun lotions are other alternatives. Just like with drinking water, you’ll want to hydrate your skin as much as possible.
- What to apply: Aside from aloe + moisturizer, you can also apply a black tea-soaked rag (don’t wash off until the next day). Sliced tomatoes and cold compresses can also help you feel better.
- What to do: take a cool shower with a gentle spray or a bath. Do NOT use hot water. A bath is even better than a shower. There are a few bath remedies that can help make you feel better. My favorites are apple cider vinegar, milk, or oatmeal. Be sure not to use any harsh chemicals and avoid exfoliating until your burn has healed.
- What to do next day: don’t get any more sun! If you are still at the beach, be careful not to add to your burn. If you decide to go outside, stay under an umbrella or covered up in long sleeves and pants. Getting more sun will only make your burn worse.
If your sunburn is really severe + you show any of these symptoms, you may have sun poisoning. If you do, be sure to seek advice from a medical professional. If you have any sunburn remedies, please comment them below!