The heat and hot sun have arrived and if you’re not careful you will get burned. Sunburns can even take 12 to 24 hours before you see the full extent of a burn. Bad sunburns can ruin your healthy skin, cause pre-mature aging and just be painful. But what can you do for it?
Cool it Down
One of the first things you are going to want to do is apply cool water to the burn. This will help alleviate pain and discomfort.
Bring on the Vitamin E
The next thing you are going to want to do is keep it moist with Vitamin B. Creams and oils with Vitamin B can actually reduce the effects of the sunburn and help heal the burn. Vitamin E will also reduce that annoying itch!
We all have known that aloe is a great thing for sunburns, but did you know it is also an antibacterial? Aloe also provides aloectin B, which stimulates the immune system. Aloe is one of the best ways to help cure a sunburn.
Take Your Vitamin C
You cannot get enough vitamins, but taking Vitamin C will help the healing process. This is an antioxidant that will help speed up your recovery process.
Don’t pop the blisters! If you get blisters from your sunburn make sure you cover the with gauze to prevent breaking. If blisters pop it can slow the healing process and even cause infection.
Aspirin & Ibuprofen
Take over-the-counter aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce pain and swelling.
More Stuff Around the Home
There are many things laying around the home that will also help alleviate the discomfort and increase healing of a sunburn. You can take a baking soda bath, make sure the water is cool and you add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Black tea also provides tannins which will help the healing process. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated!
If you’re peeling make sure you use moisturizing cream. Also, make sure you are gently with the skin as it is healing. After your sunburn has healed make sure you apply SPF regularly when outside in the sun. You can also avoid the sun or apply higher SPF during high sun hours 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Make sure the SPF you are using covers both UVA and UVB rays!