Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ouch! You did it — overstayed your visit with the sun.
Now you’re as red as a fire truck and as hot as the flames. We’ve all been there. Unfortunately, there’s no magic potion, but read on if you’re looking for ways to soothe the burn.
1. Soak it up
You already got your Sheryl Crow on and soaked up the sun; this time you’re soaking in the tub. A few scoops of baking soda in a cool bath helps to ease the sting. Just avoid staying in for longer than 15 minutes, which will dry out your already damaged skin. A cup of oatmeal in the bathwater also does the trick. Air dry when you get out, and don’t wipe off the remaining baking soda or oatmeal.
2. Go natural
Aloe vera plants contain a natural gel in the leaves that heals sunburns. Purchase aloe vera gel or lotion at your local grocery or drug store, or even buy the plant at a nursery or in your grocery store’s floral department. Slit open the leaves of the plant and apply the gel directly to the burn.
3. Keep it cool
Apply a cool washcloth to burned skin multiple times a day to relieve the pain. Add baking soda onto the washcloth for additional soothing. Sit under fans or near A/C vents.
4. Got milk?
Soak a cloth in milk to apply as a cold compress. The milk creates a protein film that helps ease discomfort caused by sunburn.
5. Drink more
Quench your thirst with plenty of water, which replenishes the moisture in your skin. Hydration speeds the healing time.
6. Moisturize the skin
Burns dry out your skin, and the peeling aftermath can sometimes be worse than the burn itself. Be sure to apply lotion after a bath or shower. Look for an after-sun lotion that nourishes and soothes the skin.
7. Kill the pain
Over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation of sunburns. Use according to directions on the bottle.
8. Stop the itch
OTC hydrocortisone cream aids in relief of itching, pain and swelling associated with sunburn.
9. Tea time
Using a clean washcloth, apply freshly brewed black tea to the sunburned skin. Just make sure to let it cool first! The tannic acid draws heat away.
10. Try vinegar
Soak paper towels in white vinegar and apply to burned skin. Vinegar contains acetic acid to help ease the itch, pain and inflammation. Soaking in a cool bath with two cups of vinegar helps if you’re really itchy.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Prevention is key. Limit sun exposure in the future and take proper precautions to keep the skin healthy and yourself happy. 

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