Soothe A Sunburn

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Have a little too much fun in the sun? It seems, once we are in the throes of winter, we forget how fast we can get burned by the sun once summer rolls around. It’s nice out, you’re having fun, you applied your sunscreen but you lost track of the time to reapply it because you were enjoying the heat…well, most of you were. I, on the other hand, cannot stand the heat so I don’t play in the sun too much. I know, I’m a kill-joy. But, just because I fully admit that I can’t stand the heat, it doesn’t mean I haven’t suffered a burn a time or two. So, for those of you who have been basking in the heat and have the red skin to prove it, here are some tips to soothe the burn until your skin readjusts.

While you can’t cure, or get rid of, a sunburn you can treat it and get some relief. I love a good home remedy, and there are a couple of things to soothe the burn right in your kitchen. Milk is a great burn relief. Pour some into a bowl and let it come to room temperature, then soak a cotton ball in the milk and apply to your sunburn. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off. If you don’t rinse it, the milk will spoil and smell rotten…meaning you will, too. It’s bad enough you look like a lobster, you don’t want to smell like rotten milk, do you? Repeat this process every few hours for maximum relief. Veggies can help, too! Take some slices of cucumber, potato or apple and apply to the burn. The coolness will help you feel some relief and the veggies and fruits will help with inflammation.

Tea isn’t just for your tub! See Tea For Two, Tea For…Your Tub on the benefits of Tub Tea. Make some strong tea and let it cool. F Y I: this process may stain your clothes so make sure you wear something you don’t mind if it gets ruined. Let the tea cool and use cotton gauze or a towel to make a compress with the tea. Place the compress gently onto the burn. The tea will help draw some of the heat out and relieve inflammation.

A cold bath with oatmeal or baking soda will help soothe the burn as well. Let’s not forget Mother Nature’s oldest sunburn relief remedy: Aloe Vera. Place the gel from inside the plant’s leaves onto your burn. It will help cool off the sunburn and give you some relief. A stinky, yet effective, way to cool the burn…vinegar. Yup, vinegar! You can fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water and spray the effected areas, or pour some vinegar into a cool bath and soak for about 20 minutes. The vinegar will take the sting away.

Away from home and can’t do a home remedy? No problem, there are also ready-made products out there that can offer you some relief as well. Try Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother. I love Burt’s Bees and this ultra-hydrating treatment can be used on your body and your face. Banana Boat also makes an after sun lotion, as well as aloe vera gel for relief.

Try to avoid getting burned by applying a good sunscreen 15-30 minutes before exposing yourself to the sun. Remember to reapply every 2 hours, especially if you’re in the water…even waterproof sunscreen needs to be reapplied. Stay safe this summer, and take care of your skin! While you’re all basking in the heat…I’ll be seeking out any place I can sit in the A/C!!

How do you treat sunburn? Have you tried any of the remedies mentioned here, or is there a particular product you rely on? I look forward to your response!

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