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4 Simple Ways To Cure Sunburns

Simple Ways To Cure Sunburns

4 Simple Ways To Cure Sunburns

No one tries purposely to get sunburns on their skin! It happens to all of us. Maybe you fell asleep in the sun, or simply lost track of time or misplaced your sunscreen it could have been anything. Although the fact of the matter is not protecting your skin from the harsh sun rays will leave you in horrible pain, uncomfortable, and looking like a red lobster.

Keep in mind; sunburn damage can take up to several hours to show as well as the pain. The risk of getting melanoma also known as skin cancer doubles if you have had five sunburns in your life.

 

Cool Your Sunburns Down

If you can get into a cool lake, ocean or even a pool to cool down your sunburn that would be best. But only for a few moments otherwise you will be out in the sun longer making matters worse. Cover up any exposed skin and get out of the sun immediately.

You can use a cold wash cloth or even some ice or cold water in a bag to calm your skin from the sunburn. Do not apply ice directly to your skin. Doing so can cause burning. Get as much cold compression as you can. If you can take a refreshing cool shower or bath, it may decrease the heat from the sunburn as well. If you can take a shower or bath, do not use harsh soaps on your skin, best to use soaps for sensitive skin. Make sure to pat dry your skin with a clean towel.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

After your cold compression or cooling bath or shower make sure to moisturize your skin focusing on your sunburn. You should be using a gentle lotion either for sensitive skin or fragrance-free.

Also, try to avoid any lotions with petroleum or oil based creams because they will trap the heat in your skin making your sunburn worse. You should apply your moisturizer at least three times daily over the next week to two weeks.

Bring The Inflammation Down

At the first sign of your sunburn, you should take an aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen because these medications are a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. Aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen will help with the inflammations and discomfort from your sunburn.

Most people will continue to take one of these medications until the burning sensation is gone. There are also over the counter cortisone creams that will decrease swelling and the redness from your sunburn. One of the most important things you can do after a sunburn is to avoid the sun and wear loose clothing to prevent further irritation.

Drink, Drink, Drink

Sunburns draw fluid from your body to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. For this reason, you may become dehydrated. It’s important to drink, drink, drink by drinking extra liquids. Some liquids you could drink while having a sunburn include water and sports drinks that help to replenish electrolytes, immediately after a sunburn and while your skin heals. If you sunburn does not get any better, you may need to seek assistance from your doctor.

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