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Ways to treat sunburn

So you didn’t listen to our advice and you’re lobster-red and miserable. Here are a few natural ways to treat sunburn.

If you’ve accidentally nodded off in the sun and woken up realizing that you’ve transformed into a lobster make sure to get out of the sun immediately and stop your exposure. Take a cold dip or shower and continue to cool the burn with a cold compress such as a pack of frozen peas. Don’t apply ice to the skin directly and keep your shower quick to avoid drying out and irritating your skin further.

A few natural bath remedies that will help soothe the pain and promote healing include adding one cup of apple cider or white vinegar to your bath, soaking in an oatmeal bath, and adding lavender, chamomile oil or 2 cups of baking soda to your bath. Avoid harmful soaps and bubble bath.

While your skin is still damp use an aloe-based gel, moisturizer or lotion to hydrate and soothe the burn. You may also want to apply a hydrocortisone cream. Be sure to rehydrate as much as possible by drinking plenty of water and sports drinks that will replenish your electrolytes.

If your sunburn is really bad you may also want to see a doctor or consider taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen to take down the swelling.

You can also apply teabags soaked in cold water to your sunburned skin in order to draw out the heat and restore your skin’s pH balance.

While your skin is healing you should wear loose fitting clothing to avoid irritating your skin further. It is vital that you stay out of the sun until the burn fades and avoid picking at your skin when it begins to peel. Make sure to be extra careful once your skin has healed enough to go back out into the sun as your newly exposed skin will be more sensitive than ever.

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