Treating sunburns is more difficult than preventing them. However, half of the adults in the US aged 18-29 report that they experience at least one sunburn a year. To quickly get rid of sunburn, take a cool shower right away, treat the burn with aloe or a deep moisturizer, and drink more water over the following days.
Use other home treatments such as cold compresses, moistened / chilled tea bags, and pain relievers as needed to relieve discomfort and facilitate healing. All sunburns damage your skin, so you should try to avoid them in the future.
- When you realize that you have been burned, immediately stay out of the sun.
Every second of extra exposure to the sun will worsen your burn. It is best to go indoors. However, if this is not possible, move to the closest shady place.
Beach umbrellas offer little protection against UV rays unless they are too large and made of thick fabric.
Sun can be exposed even in shade because UV rays are reflected off surfaces and penetrate everywhere from clouds to leaves.
- Take a cold shower or bath.
The water will cool your skin, which can help reduce the severity of your burn. Avoid using soap as it will irritate and dry your skin. Then let yourself dry in the open air. Using towels can cause rubbing and pain.
If you need to use a towel, use light touches on your skin instead of rubbing it.
- Apply an aloe vera gel or intensive moisturizer.
Apply this to your sunburn to moisturize and soothe your skin. Repeat this step often or at least twice a day to reduce dryness and peeling.
Consider using a lotion or gel that contains vitamins C and E, as it can reduce skin damage.
Avoid oily or alcohol-containing products.
If you can obtain an aloe vera plant, you can make gel directly from the leaves of this plant. Cut a leaf, slice it lengthwise with a knife, squeeze out the gel and apply this gel to your burn.
Gel obtained directly from an aloe vera plant is extremely dense, natural and effective.
- Drink lots of water.
Prolonged sun exposure and heat causes dehydration. Also, a sunburn draws water to the surface of your skin and away from the rest of your body. Remember to drink extra water for the next few days.
Go beyond the daily recommendation of eight glasses of water until your sunburn heals, especially if you continue to be in hot weather or participate in sports or other activities that cause you to sweat.
- Consider taking an anti-inflammatory medication.
Ibuprofen will reduce pain, swelling, and redness. Also, this medicine can even prevent some long-term skin damage. Once started, continue using this medication for 48 hours.
Paracetamol (Tylenol) can relieve the pain of sunburn but does not have the same anti-inflammatory effects as ibuprofen.
- Choose loose clothes.
Avoid stiff or itchy fabrics. For most people, fine cotton fabrics are best.
Protect your sunburn by keeping it covered when you go out. Wear a hat, carry an umbrella, and wear tightly woven fabrics.
Also, make sure you wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and reapply it every two hours.
- Close the blinds and try to lower the temperature of your home.
If you have an air conditioner, turn it on. Even without air conditioning, fans can reduce body temperature drastically, especially when they blow air directly towards sunburn.
Basements are the best places in a home for sunburn healing, as they are often cool and out of sight.
- Soak a few black tea bags in hot water.
Let the water cool (speed up the process by adding ice). Take the tea bags out of the water and place them directly on your sunburn. The tannins in the tea will help reduce inflammation. You can also apply the cold tea to the whole burned area.
Tannins are natural anti-bleeding substances, and research shows that tannins can heal burns and help prevent infection.
- Put a cup of plain yogurt in a bowl.
Mix the yogurt with 4 cups of water. Dip a wet cloth in the yogurt mixture and apply it to your sunburn for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat this process every 2 to 4 hours.
Plain yogurt contains many probiotics and enzymes to help heal sunburned skin.
Make sure yogurt is completely plain instead of unwanted sugar and vanilla, which contains less probiotics.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda into the bathtub filled with cold water.
Soak your body in the tub and let the baking soda solution dry on your skin after you get out of the tub. The dried baking soda solution soothes the pain and helps your skin heal.
Baking soda has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. This means baking soda will help reduce inflammation and prevent infection.
- Pass the dry oatmeal through cold water with a strainer and collect the water in a bowl.
Separate the oatmeal and soak the solution with a cloth. Use this cloth to apply the solution to your sunburn area every 2 to 4 hours.
Oatmeal contains chemicals known as saponins that will cleanse your skin while moisturizing it at the same time.
Do not use make-up, oily moisturizer, or fragrances for a few days after being burned in the sun.
Store your aloe vera-based moisturizers or gels in the fridge for added convenience.
Avoid using acne medications as they dry your skin more and make it redder.
Make sure that any moisturizer or gel you apply does not contain alcohol, as it can dry out the skin.
Do not use butter, petroleum jelly or other oil-based products to moisturize your skin. These products can clog your pores, prevent heat from escaping, or cause infections.
Apply a generous amount of sunscreen at least SPF 30 each time you go outside, especially when you are out in the sun. Also wear a hat and long sleeves.
If bubbles are forming, don’t pull them and clean the area around these bubbles with an antibacterial solution.
The non-oily coconut body moisturizer works the same as the Aloe Vera body moisturizer!
Vinegar and cotton. Pour the vinegar onto a cotton ball and apply it to the burnt area. This will soothe redness and soothe pain.
In severe cases, medical help may be required. If you get fever or flu-like symptoms, you may have had heatstroke.
Taking a hot shower with your sunburn can be painful. See a doctor if sunburn blisters cover a large part of your body or if any blisters become infected.
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