A Safe Way to Heal Sunburns

We all know the importance of wearing sunscreen. As hard as you try and as many times as you reapply, it never fails that you will get sunburnt at some point.

Sunburns can be very painful. Nothing is worse than getting burnt on your shoulders or the front of your legs. This makes even the act of putting on clothes absolute agony. In these moments, you will ask yourself, “how long does sunburn last?”.

Unfortunately, there is no solid answer to how long the sunburn will last. We can, however, tell you some secrets to safe ways to aid in healing your sunburn.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a must-have if you get sunburned. If it is available, the natural leaves of the plant are unique. The gel found inside the leaves will both moisturize and soothe the sunburn.

If using store-bought aloe, make sure to get it in gel form. Try also to find a brand that includes lidocaine.

Here is an additional tip. Place the bottle of aloe gel in the fridge, so it is chilled. Your body will thank you.

Cool Shower

The first thing to do when you realize that you got too much sun is to jump in the shower. Take a cool shower to help soothe your skin. 

If you try to take too hot of a shower, the pain will be excruciating. So make sure not to make that mistake.

Apply a moisturizer as soon as you get out of the shower. Make sure the moisturizer is very gentle on the skin and does not contain any fragrance. 

Drink Plenty of Water

After getting a sunburn, your skin and the rest of your body are in desperate need of hydration. It would help if you made sure to return as much moisture as you can to both the inside and the outside of your body to heal quickly.

Ibuprofen

Take ibuprofen or aspirin regularly to help with the pain caused by the sunburn. This will also help to keep the swelling and inflammation that the sunburn may cause down.

Cold Compresses

Cold compresses and anything you can do to keep the burn cool will help to soothe the burn. You can moisten wash clothes and place them in the freezer or fill a sandwich bag with ice.

No Makeup

Do not try to cover up the sunburn with makeup! This will only irritate the burn and make it take longer to heal.

Also, do not use any products that could be irritating to your skin. Nobody scrubs or face masks until the burn is fully healed.

Only use a gentle cleanser on the burn and moisturize with something soft.

Do Not Peel and Pick

No matter how tempting it may be, do not peel the skin of your sunburn. If your sunburn is terrible enough to scab, do not pick at it.

Messing with the sunburn in any way will irritate it and make it take even longer to heal. The skin will eventually shed, and you do not need to help by peeling it.

In conclusion, do everything in your power to avoid getting a sunburn. Make sure anytime you are going outside; you have applied your sunscreen. Set a reminder on your phone to reapply. Do not assume that it is a cloudy day and you will be fine. Those will be your famous last words before your subsequent sunburn. When the day does arise that you fall to the sunburn plague, just make sure to remember these tips so you can heal quickly.

 

About TessB

Tess Bryan is an influential health writer for Healthynewage magazine

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