Sunscreen, hats, and UV protective clothing are great ways to prevent sunburn from happening. However, they do little to ease the pain after the damage has been done.
When you are in pain from sunburn, you want an easy and fast solution. Here are four ways you can ease sunburn and start the healing process.
1. Take a Bath
If you’ve been outside all day, in the pool, or the ocean, your skin could use a good rinse off. To protect your sunburned skin, make sure to take a bath that isn’t too hot. Aim for a lukewarm to cool temperature to calm your skin. Add a cup of finely ground oats to the water to make a colloidal oatmeal bath to reduce itching and calm inflammation.
2. Apply Healing Gel
Treat your damaged skin cells with a soothing First Aid Gel to jump-start the healing process. The paraben-free formula is gentle on your skin, while the carefully selected ingredients work within your skin cells to reduce inflammation and promote healing. This can reduce the amount of time it takes your skin to recover after your sunburn.
3. Cover with Ice
Sunburned skin radiates heat. You can ease pain and soothe your hot skin by applying ice packs directly to your skin. Before placing on your sunburn, wrap an ice pack in a wet cloth. This protects your skin from the extremely cold surface of the ice while helping to remove your body heat.
4. Drink Up
It’s easy to become dehydrated when you are sunburned. Without adequate water supply, your skin will dry out, flake off, and feel itchy. Drink plenty of water and eat hydrating fruits and vegetables like watermelon and cucumber while you are recovering.
These four tips should have you and your sunburn feeling better in no time. Next time you are outside, remember to apply plenty of sunscreen every couple of hours to prevent a repeat experience.