Sunburn can range from annoying to absolutely miserable. It’s a general truth that it is easier to prevent sunburn than to treat it; however, the sun is a sneaky little devil that can even cause horrible sunburn on a cloudy day. Knowing how to treat your sunburn properly will help you survive it with minimal pain – and minimal scarring.
Treating a Sunburn
When you realize that you have a sunburn, you should get out of the sun and see how bad your sunburn is. There are different ways to treat your sunburn, and they vary depending on the extent of the burn.
- Take something for pain. You can take an over the counter medicine to help alleviate some of the pain associated with the sunburn.
- Soak in a cool bath. This helps to cool the body down and reduce fever you may be experiencing.
- Cover yourself in aloe. Aloe is a great sunburn relief. You can use actual aloe leaves or aloe gel or lotion bought from a store.
- Make sure to drink water. Sunburn can cause dehydration, so drinking plenty of water will help to keep you hydrated.
- Use hydrating lotion. After your baths, put hydrating and moisturizing lotion onto your skin while it is still wet. This helps to keep the skin from painfully drying out.
- Do not use numbing agents like benzocaine and lidocaine. They can cause more harm than good.
- Do not touch any blisters that form. This can lead to infection and scarring.
- Do not get sunburned twice. If you are sunburned, stay out of the sun. Period.
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Sunburn Relief Tricks
There are also some tricks and tips that can help relieve your sunburn. This is especially helpful when dealing with problem areas like sunburned eyelids.
- Soak gauze in cold milk and apply it to sunburned areas that are particularly painful.
- Soak teabags in cold water and place them on your eyelids to help relieve inflammation and pain.
- Add baking soda to your cool baths to help soothe the burned skin.
- Wear loose clothing.
- Make a cucumber paste to rub onto the sunburn. Chill a couple of cucumbers and place them in a blender.
The Pain Doesn’t Last Forever
Even though sunburn can be very painful and seem like it’s lasting forever, it will fade, and your skin will return to normal. Using these tips to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized and to relieve your pain will help keep you comfortable during the worst part. And next time you’re out in the sun – use more sunscreen!