5 Tips for Quick and Lasting Sunburn Relief

So you forgot to reapply (or apply at all) your sunscreen, you get up from the lounge chair, and you’re red as a freshly boiled lobster. Follow the steps below for quick and lasting sunburn relief tips.

Steps to Sunburn Relief

Cool it Down

If you’re near water, take a quick dip (a few seconds) to cool your skin. If you’re somewhere dry like a forest or theme park, use a water bottle or find a water fountain to cool off with. Cover up your skin and find a cool compress as soon as you can. Take a short cool shower or bath if that is an easier option.

Decrease Inflammation

Take a NSAID pain reliever such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin. This will help with the discomfort and inflammation. Other options are using a 1 percent over-the-counter cortisone cream for a harsh burn or aloe vera to soothe more mild burns.

Moisturize the Skin

Use a gentle lotion such as Aquaphor or Lubriderm — anything non-oil or petroleum-based — to moisturize the skin while it is still damp. Keep this routine up for about a week or until you see improvement.

Stay Hydrated

Chances are that your sunburn has made you dehydrated. Burns draw fluids to the surface to protect your body. Make sure you are getting plenty of water in your system as well as a few sports drinks to help replenish electrolytes. You should do this as soon as you notice your burn and keep it up until your skin is healed.

What to Wear

Harsh synthetic fabrics and tight-fitting clothing are bad for a sunburn; they will irritate it further and not allow it to breathe. Wear loose, soft, and breathable clothing and in the sun wear a light fabric that covers the burn.

If there is extreme blistering on a large portion of the body, you get a fever and chills or feel woozy see a doctor immediately. It can be tempting to want to pop blisters but that will lead to infections.

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