So you forget how quickly it takes to burn in the sun. Or had to much to drink and forgot to re-apply sun screen. These 2 articles helped!
Work from the inside out
So you’re on the way home from the beach, and one look in the rearview mirror tells you that you’re in trouble. As soon as you realize your skin is a little too red, take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pill like ibuprofen or aspirin, Dr. Zeichner recommends. This can help stop inflammation and redness from getting any worse and ease pain.
Once you get to a shower, rinse off with cool water to soothe skin and remove any chlorine, salt water or sand that may be lingering and causing more irritation. Have a bath? Even better! Add a cup of whole oats to the cool bath water for extra calming power.
The sun zaps moisture from the skin, so be sure to replenish it regularly over the next few days with a rich moisturizer. Zeichner recommends looking for ones that contain aloe, glycerin or hyaluronic acid like Sun Bum Cool Down Aloe Spray ($12, nordstrom.com). If it’s a small area like your nose, neck or ears, try a 1% hydrocortisone ointment like Cortizone 10 Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream Plus 10 Moisturizers ($9,walgreens.com) to reduce inflammation. Hot tip: Keep your moisturizers in the fridge for an extra refreshing treat.
Use a DIY compress
Try using a cool compress soaked in skim milk, egg whites or green tea. The proteins in milk and egg whites coat and calm the burn while green tea reduces inflammation.
Not only does the sun take away the moisture from your skin, it also dehydrates the rest of your body as well, which is why you may also feel extra tired after a long day in the sun. Counteract the sun’s damage by drinking lots of water and eating water filled fruit like watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, or grapes.
Original article: http://news.health.com/2015/06/26/how-to-treat-a-sunburn/
Top 10 tips to cool that sunburn!
There is a wide variety of home remedies that are used to relieve the symptoms of sunburn.
Place a cool compress on sunburned skin.Take a cool shower or bath.Add one cup of cider vinegar to a bath to help balance the pH (acid or alkalinity) of sunburned skin, and promote healing.Soak in an oatmeal bath. This is especially helpful for itchy sunburned skin.Use lotions that contain aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize skin. Some aloe products containlidocaine, an anesthetic that can help relieve sunburn pain.Topical over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn pain, itch, and swelling.Take over-the-counter pain relievers such asibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) to help relieve pain and inflammation.Apply cool, not cold, milk with a clean cloth to your skin. The milk will create a protein film that helps ease sunburn discomfort.Vitamin E, an antioxidant, can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement.Apply freshly brewed tea after it has cooled to skin using a clean cloth. The tannic acid in black tea reportedly helps draw heat from sunburned skin, and also aids in restoring the pH balance.Cucumbers have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties. Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected areas including the face.The best remedy is PREVENTION. Always usesunscreen, wear protective clothing, and avoid direct sun exposure.
Original article: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/mobileart.asp?articlekey=170018
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