“Ouch that smarts,” are three little words heard round the nation on the morning after the Fourth of July. It’s debatably the most popular outdoor of the year with celebrants hitting the beaches, pools, parks, hiking trails and everywhere under the scorching sun.
Of course most of my beauty column readers know enough to slather themselves with strong sun protection, wear hats and even special UV-ray shielded shirts. But for those of you who throw caution to the wind, and let it rip or burn, skincare expert Jan Marini president and CEO of Jan Marini Skin Research has shared her emergency sunburn tip:
Jan's Calm a Sunburn Rx:
- Take aspirin tablets and crush them. Mix the crushed tablets with water or milk. Apply over the sunburned area like a poultice and leave on for 10 or 15 minutes.
- Aspirin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can assist in decreasing the redness associated with sunburns and will also lessen the pain.
- ·Better yet, if you have access to an over-the counter topical aspirin analgesic cream such as those used for joint pain and muscle aches, rub that into the sunburned area.
How to Treat Painful and Peeling Skin:
- When your sunburn is at its most angry, painful redness, try soaking in an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal contains soothing anti-inflammatories that can help with pain and lessen redness.
- Keeping sunburned skin moisturized will make the surface feel softer and more hydrated, but there is no way to completely avoid peeling. That outer layer of dead, burned skin will shed sooner or later.
Still the best way to treat is a sunburn is to avoid one. So please gals and guy cover up before hitting the sun, read some of my past columns to find the best sun prevention products on the market. Drink lots of water when im the sun. Alcholic beverages dehydrate and so does the sun.
Just to keep things unbiased, we've attached a video on other sunbrun remedies.