Ways to relieve sunburn
Published on August 1, 2015
If you arrive home after a day at the beach with blazing skin, your sunburn requires immediate treatment. Skin inflammation because of sunburn is a painful process. On the bright side, there are several ways to relief you from the pain and do some damage-control. Too much sun exposure is dangerous for the skin, as it might add risk of melanoma. Protection with sunscreen and clothing is the best, however if it fails, there are several ways to deal with the aftermath.
After sunburn your skin is dry and lacks hydration so moisturizing is key. Opt for products with soothing oils and ingredients like aloe and glycerine. Take a cold shower to wash off any sand and salty water, pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizing lotion. A moisturizing cream will sooth the inflammation, fight dryness and recover the skin from the damage caused by the sun.
A cool compress provides effective pain relief and takes away the heat from the burned skin. For a cold water compress, dip a towel into cold water and lay on burnt skin for 10-15 minutes. The same compress can be made from cool green tea or skimmed milk; tea fights inflammation while skimmed milk has calming properties. A compress can be made several times throughout the day. Another method is to apply cold yogurt to burned skin and rinse it off with cool water after 10 minutes.
If the burn is severe, painful and itchy take a pill like Advil; a dose of ibuprofen will help the swelling, redness and the pain. The medication must have an anti-inflammatory effect. A 1% hydrocortisone topical cream will also help relieve discomfort.
Increase your daily water intake to fight the dryness and aid your skin recovery. Fruits like watermelon and grapes also make a good hydrating option, due to the high dose of water. Drink more water and add juices and tea to the menu.