Four natural ways to treat sunburn

Try taking a cool shower

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Photo Credit: David Muir

When you burn your hand on the stove, your grandmother might said to run your hands under cold water. The same goes for sunburn. This will help relieve the burning sensation. Skincancer.org recommends taking cool showers frequently to avoid frequent flaking. Also, try a cold compress wrapped in a towel if the burning is too intense. Doing this a few times every day until your burns heal will ease the process.

Make sure to moisturize!

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Photo Credit: Shawn Campbell

This will help with flaking too. It’s going to take some time for your sunburn to heal and for you to start looking like your old self again, so do your best to make the transition a smooth one.

Apply Aloe Vera

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Photo Credit: David Bailey

While it is mostly made up of water, “aloe contains active compounds that may reduce pain and inflammation and stimulate skin growth and repair.” (UMMC) Aloe Vera will also aid in moisturizing your skin. Make sure you go for fresh aloe vera, many brands suspended in gel that you might find the drugstore are likely to contain only a small amount of the active compounds.

Get some rest

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Photo Credit: Lilmonster Michi

There’s a reason you feel sluggish when you’ve had too much sun. Let your body heal itself and give it time to regenerate after sustaining damage. Getting rest when our bodies are healing is essential.

See a doctor if it gets worse

If you see that your burns seem to be getting worse rather than better, (e.g. discoloration, increased pain) then it may be a symptom of something more severe, such as infection, and it’s time to consult your doctor.

Sources:

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sunburn/five-ways-to-treat-a-sunburn

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/aloe

https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/for-kids/about-skin/skin-cancer/treating-sunburn

 

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