Summer Sunburn: Ouch!
It's summer and the sun can be brutal! Here are some tips on getting over that nasty sunburn from your luxurious day at the pool or beach:
If you forgot to apply sunscreen and suffered a sunburn, cover the affected area by wearing loose cotton clothing that allows your skin to breathe and stay in the shade until the sunburn has healed.
Treat from the Inside Out
If you're on the way home from the beach and you glance in the rear-view mirror and know your in trouble, take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or aspirin. This will stop the inflammation and redness from getting any worse and ease your pain.
Once you get home, hop in a cool shower to rinse off any chlorine or salt water that could be causing more irritation. If you have a tub, add a cup of whole oats to cool the bath water for extra calming power.
The sun, chlorine, and salt water are known for stealing the moisture from your skin. Be sure to replenish that moisture regularly over the next few days with a moisturizer that contains aloe.
Try soaking a washcloth in skim milk, egg whites, or green tea and apply to the burned skin. The proteins in the milk and eggs will coat and calm the burn. The green tea helps reduce the inflammation.
Skin doesn't only steal moisture from your skin, it also dehydrates the rest of your body. Counteract the sun's work by drinking lots of water and eating water filled fruit such as watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, or grapes.