Summer Tips To Try: Relieve The Sting Of Sunburn

Summer is chock full of its own special brand of pitfalls — bee stings, callused feet, melted makeup, and arguably the number one, warm weather no-no, the sunburn.  Armed with the ability to ruin beachy vacations, music fests, and poolside afternoons, a sunburn can turn your lovely complexion into a red, raw, and extremely painful semblance of its former self — and that’s prior to the peeling, damaged mess you’ll have to deal with once the redness subsides. *What to do? What to do?

Here are a few of our favorite helpful tips to stave off the damage and the burn caused by under-protection and overexposure to the sun’s searing rays.

First and foremost, let’s address the immediate ramifications of too much sun — your skin is dehydrated, painful, and inflammed.  Immediately after a sunburn, pop one or two ibuprofen to help bring down the inflammation, and make sure that you’re drinking your eight glasses of H2O a day to get your hydration levels back up where they belong.  You can also crush the ibuprofen and make it into a paste to apply directly to the sunburned areas, for those that are squeamish about taking pills.

There is a vast array of cosmetic counter and drugstore creams and moisturizers aimed at sunburn care, and slathering them on is a great way to help reduce or eradicate the post-peeling associated with a bad burn.  After all, your skin is dehydrated and needs emergency amounts of moisture, and most skincare companies offer up a cream, soak, gel that will help reduce the damage.  Products like Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Aveeno Skin Relief Bath Treatment, and Merle Norman Anti-Redness Cream all rate pretty high on the consumer scale, while a generous helping of goo from your aloe plant rates pretty high on the DIY scale.

Showering is oftentimes painful as the water bounces off your already raw skin, but soaking in a cold bath can help ease pain and irritation — add two-cups of baking soda to restore your skin’s pH balance and stave off the itchiness.  And be sure to stay away from soaping up, as the detergents in your bath wash are likely to further dry and irritate your skin.

When your simply too tender to soak in a tub, try applying cold compresses of water, milk, or green tea to the sunburned area.  Soaking a washcloth in cold water and holding it to the damaged skin for 20 minutes can act as instant pain relief, and using milk or green tea can reap you additional anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and sting-reducing benefits.

Do you have a favorite sunburn product or remedy you can share?  Let us know!


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