No matter how many times we’re reminded about the dangers of UV rays, every once in awhile we get sunburned. Whether you forgot to apply your daily sunscreen after your facial exercises or simply underestimated the weather, a sunburn is no joke. It directly damages the DNA of skin cells, causing wrinkles, sun spots—or worse—skin cancer. A sunburn can also be very painful.
If you experience a sunburn, there are remedies that can help relieve the symptoms, expedite healing and minimize damage. Read on for some tips for treating sunburns.
Stay Out of the Sun
The minute you feel a sunburn coming on, get out of the sun so that you don’t experience further damage. If you already have a sunburn, stay away from the sun altogether until it’s completely healed.
Draw a Cool Bath
Take a cool bath with a few tablespoons of baking soda and/or Epsom salts to cool and soothe your sunburn. Avoid soap, as it can further dry out the skin. While taking a cool shower sounds like a good idea, the continuous spray of water can prove to be more irritating.
Try a Chamomile Compress
Many people reach for ice though it’s too cold and may be irritating. Instead make a cool compress with chamomile tea to soothe burned skin.
Immediately after your bath or leaving the sun, slather on a creamy lotion or our Nourishing E Oil to rehydrate. The dangerous ultraviolet rates that cause sunburns also produce free radicals that damage the skin. The antioxidant content of vitamin E kelps fight this damage.
Apply Aloe Vera
Slather pure aloe vera all over your body to soothe skin and expedite healing. Aloe has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has a cooling effect on burnt skin.
Pop an Advil
Over-the-counter ibuprofen can reduce inflammation and ease the symptoms of a sunburn.
Learn your lesson and do whatever you can to avoid scorching your precious skin in the future. Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine, to avoid that blazing red look that causes so much damage.
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