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DIY Remedies For A Sunburn

Ouch! That sunburn sure hurts. Here are some tips to soothe that sunburn. 

Ouch! That sunburn sure hurts.
Here are some tips to soothe that sunburn.

Place a cool compress on the sunburned skin for immediate relief.

Take a cool shower or bath to cool your sunburned skin. Add 2 cups of baking soda to the bath.

Use lotions that contain aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize sun burnt skin.

Replacing lost body fluids will help your skin heal. Drink water, sport drinks or juice.

Use topical over-the-counter  hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn symptoms like pain, itch, and swelling.

Use Over-The-Counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) to help relieve sunburn pain and inflammation.

Use Vitamin E oil on the skin. This will help with inflammation.

Try Cornstarch also can be mixed with water to form a paste that can be applied to skin. This will help soothe the pain.

Apply petroleum jelly ointment to your lips to keep them moisturized.

Use fans to help blow cool air over the skin.

Coconut oil claim it helps cool and soothe sunburned skin and relieves symptoms such as itching and peeling. This may be true because coconut oil is high in saturated fats, which are great for moisturizing your skin.

If you have blisters, this is a sign of a severe sunburn. It is best to cover them to prevent tearing and leave them alone until they heal. Don’t pop the blisters. Using an antibiotic ointment and loose gauze to protect the affected area.

Third-degree burns (full thickness burns) go through the dermis and affect deeper tissues. They result in white or blackened, charred skin that may be numb. The degree of pain is not related to the severity of the burn, as the most serious burns can be painless. This requires immediate medical treatment.

You may be able to treat the sunburn yourself. But call for a doctor’s help if you notice any of these more serious sunburn signs:

Apple Cider Vinegar: Filling a spray bottle with vinegar and water to spray on sunburned skin. Dipping a washcloth in vinegar, wringing the cloth out, and patting it gently on the affected areas. Taking a cool bath with diluted apple cider vinegar.

Raw Honey can be a sweet relief to a sunburn due to its antibacterial properties. Honey has been used to heal wounds for years. Applying honey to a healing sunburn can help the skin repair faster. (Just be sure your honey is really raw).

Preventing Sunburn

According to WebMd.com here are some tips for keeping your skin safe when you’re outside:

Watch the clock. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you can’t stay indoors during that block of time, at least stick to shady spots.

Wear the right clothes. When you have to be outdoors, wear sun-protective clothing, such as:

  • A broad-brimmed hat
  • A long-sleeved shirt and pants
  • UV-blocking sunglasses

Use sunscreen. Cover any exposed areas of skin liberally with at least 1 ounce of broad-spectrum sunscreen. That means sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

The sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Follow these tips for applying sunscreen:

  • Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before you go outside.
  • Use sunscreen even on overcast days because UV rays can penetrate clouds.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re sweating heavily or swimming.
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