Keeping your skin protected in the sun is important as well as knowing what to do if you get burned.
Here is our take on sunburn care, natural remedies and how to manage the pain of a sunburn.
What you should do after you realize you’ve been sun burned
It is important to get out of the sun right away even if you are just slightly pink.
Hydration is key! Any burn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body. So drink extra water for a few days and watch for signs of dehydration children are especially vulnerable.
Cold showers can be helpful. Moisturize after bathing to soothe skin and repeat frequently to make peeling less noticeable.
Most sunburns can be managed at home, but if blistering covers 20% or greater of the body see a medical provider.
What is recommended to cool sunburned skin
Cold compresses several times a day for 10-15 minutes and/or cold showers can be helpful; Aluminum acetate keeps skin from being too dry and itchy;
Witch hazel applied to the skin provides anti-inflammatory relief; Avoid soap since this can dry skin and make worse (good to stay away from bubble baths).
Aloe Vera can really help
Aloe contains chemicals that have anti-bacterial/anti-inflammatory properties.
Make sure you use 100% aloe products to soothe burns, but remember that the best immediate first aid for burn, of any type, is cold water, not an ointment or cream.
Natural remedies recommended for healing a sunburn
Cucumbers have natural anti-oxidant/analgesic properties. Something you could do would be to chill cucumbers, mash them in blender and apply paste to skin for relief.
Tea bags are another option, after cooled, with cloth tannic acids in tea draw heat from sunburned skin and restore pH balance.
Cider vinegar can promote healing and restore pH balance. To use this, add one cup of cider vinegar to a bath.
Take a pain reliever to help with the pain
It is fine to use over the counter pain relievers such as after a sunburn to help with discomfort. This is encouraged and can reduce the amount of swelling/redness that can occur.
Protect yourself against damaging sun rays
Avoid the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Be sure to cover up with hats, cover-ups and umbrellas for sun protection and use sunscreen.
Remember to replenish sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming, and don’t forget to protect your lips. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going outside even if it is overcast.