Your worst nightmares have been realized. You have burning, red, itchy, dry, blistering skin… in short, you’re sunburned! During the long winter months we crave for the warm sun on our shoulders, but when summer finally rolls around, we forget how harmful the sun can be. The cold and snow have clouded our judgment and made us forget how vital protection from the sun is.
Even if we do lather on sunscreen every hour while at the beach, there are times when we still can’t avoid those sunburns. Sure, we’re as pale as ghosts when summertime finally arrives, and all we want is a little color and some sun-kissed cheeks – but we constantly forget to protect ourselves.
If you find yourself getting sunburned this summer, here are some helpful home remedies to help soothe that red angry burn. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these remedies can’t actually reverse the real damage caused by the unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV rays.
The sun may not only have seared your skin, but also dehydrated it. A burn draws fluid to the surface of the skin and away from the rest of the body. Therefore, be sure to drink plenty of water while recovering from a sunburn and watch for signs of dehydration.
Sunburns tend to emit heat from our bodies, so a cool bath or shower can do wonders to help relieve the pain. Make sure that the water isn’t too cold, as it can send our bodies into shock. Have the water temperature set for just below lukewarm. Make sure that in the shower, the water flows gently, because if it thunders out, your skin might hurt even more. Most importantly, avoid using soap, bath oils, and especially loofas or washcloths, as these could irritate your skin further and make your sunburn hurt even more. When you are done, don’t dry yourself off with a towel. Make sure to air-dry to avoid any further irritation to your skin.
Aloe Vera is known to soothe sunburn pain because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The thick gel-like juice from the plant can eliminate the sting and redness that can be caused by sunburns. Gel straight from the plant is better than the over-the-counter products, but either will work.
The sun can dry up the skin’s surface and cause the blood vessels and cells to leak, which can cause even more moisture loss. To prevent drying, apply moisturizer right after a cool shower. For an extra cooling effect and relief of pain and dryness, chill the moisturizer in the refrigerator before using.
Baking soda can be added to a cool bath to create a simple but effective sunburn-soothing remedy. Make sure not to towel off afterwards. Instead, air-dry and don’t wipe off the baking soda. You may also mix in some baking soda and water in a bowl and use cotton swabs to apply it to the affected areas.
This has not been scientifically proven, but people claim that rubbing a tomato on sunburns can help alleviate the pain. Also, running tomato paste on skin has been known to help prevent sunburns due to their rich chemical lycopene that reduces the sunburn response from UV radiation.
If you do find yourself suffering from sunburn, make sure to protect your skin from any further damage. Hang out in the shade and wear clothing that protect the burnt areas. And remember to lather on that sunscreen!
Skin care is very important, especially in the summer months. If you are interested in skin care and beautifying our natural features, consider a career in cosmetology! Star Career Academy offers a Cosmetology program that can teach you the art of beauty to prepare you for an exciting career in the world of cosmetology.