Sunburns are one of the downsides to spending countless hours outside in the gorgeous summer weather. Unfortunately, sunburns are painful, itchy, and don’t look the greatest. The good news is there are several things you can do at home to reduce the discomfort and help your burn heal quickly!
Take a cool bath or shower:
- There’s no better feeling than a nice warm shower after getting a fresh sunburn…not. Instead of taking a hot shower opt for cooler water instead! Not only will this feel better on your burning skin, but it will also prevent your skin from drying out even more.
Apply lotion immediately after showering:
- This will trap in moisture, keeping your skin from drying out and will prevent further discomfort.
- The #1 after-sun product year after year. You can use pure aloe vera gel from the store or straight from the plant itself! Aloe contains natural cooling and soothing properties and provides immediate relief. (Tip: try putting your bottle of aloe in the fridge…thank us later)
- Try soaking a clean washcloth in some milk and placing it directly on your sunburn. It sounds weird, but the vitamins and antioxidants in milk can actually help your skin heal.
Water, water, and more water:
- Stay hydrated! Sunburns draw fluid to the skin and away from the rest of your body. Make sure to drink plenty of water in order to keep your body hydrated!
- To reduce swelling and discomfort!
- Applying hydrocortisone cream to your burn can help speed up healing!
- Yeah, this would’ve helped prevent the initial burn, but now that it’s too late for that make sure to apply sunscreen on top of your burn the next time you go outside! You can also opt for clothing that’s designed to help protect your skin from the sun!