Summer is upon us which usually means outdoor activities. The think that many people forget about is sunburn. While it is better to deal with it in advance so that you don’t get sunburned sometimes that just doesn’t happen. This article looks at the things that you can do to treat sunburn at home. Make sure and click on the links included to help educate yourself about sunburn and treating it at home.
Best Ways To Treat Sunburn At Home
While you would think that everyone would know what sunburn it, you might be surprised. So let’s start with the basics. What is sunburn?
Sunburn occurs when someone gets too much sun or the equivalent of sun i.e. tanning bed or some other source of UV, usually over an extended period of time. While this usually occurs during the summer months it can occur at any time of the year. Here are the symptoms of sunburn:
- Mild – Red skin accompanied by some mild pain or discomfort. The skin will typically begin to peel after four to seven days.
- Severe – Constant burning sensation on the skin, blistering of the skin. This also includes dehydration, imbalance in electrolytes as well as possible infection.
So what is the best remedy for a case of sunburn—-PREVENTION! If you are proactive by limiting your exposure to the sun, wearing clothing that will protect your skin, use eye wear that protects your eyes, avoid the use of tanning beds and always use SPF for 30 or higher when you are going to be in the sun, that is the best remedy.
So now that you weren’t proactive and you are sunburn what should you do? Here are our top tips for treating sunburn.
Tip #1 – Stay our of the sun
While this is simple it might not be easy. If you have to be in the sun for work, then you should make sure and cover up as much as possible. If you don’t have to be in the sun, don’t!
Tip #2 – Get plenty of liquids and stay hydrated
Drink plenty of liquids, especially water but sports drinks or natural juices will help you to stay hydrated.
Tip #3 – Stay cool
Stay in the air conditioning as much as possible. Taking cool baths or showers will also help. Putting cool compresses on the affected areas will be helpful.
Tip #4 – Control pain
Use over the counter (OTC) pain relievers when necessary but there are some home remedy options.
a. 1 cup of apple cider vinegar added to your bath water to help to balance your pH. This will promote healing your sunburned skin faster.
b. Soaking in an oatmeal bath
c. Pour 2 cups of baking soda to your bath. This will provide some relief from the irritation and redness that accompanies sunburn.
d. Using essential oils such as lavender or chamomile will offer relief.
e. Don’t use soap or perfumes because these will cause your damaged skin to dry further.
f. Use Aloe Vera or lotions which contain Aloe Vera.
g. Apply cooled fresh brewed tea to your skin. Soak a clean cotton cloth and pat on your sunburned skin.
h. Witch hazel can be applied directly to your skin.
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