How To Prevent & Treat Sunburns

ID-100111579First and foremost, you need to start preventative care right away.  Sometimes defense is better than the actual cure itself.  Address the severity.  If your sunburn comes with some unusual symptoms- nausea or dizziness, this might be a case of sun stroke or dehydration and needs treatment from a medical professional right away.

Inside and Outside-Rehydrate.  If you have a sunburn, it’s a good signification that you sweated out a lot of your resources of water that your body desperately needs.  Avoid any dehydrating fluids, such as coffee and alcohol and take this time to really refuel on your hydration levels.  Be sure to at least drink 8 glasses of water a day until the burn completely heals. As for moisturizing, as soon as your skin starts healing, it may become itchy, irritated, tight and bothersome.  The only method to hydrate from the outside is to use moisturizer that is fragrant free and contains aloe Vera or another sort of soothing effect.  Keep in mind this is only for the mild cases of burns.  Moisturizer should not be applied to open skin or blisters.

Rely on the Old-fashioned tricks. Calamine lotion is an old fashioned trick and is also a quick fix for relieving the symptoms that come with a sunburn.  If this is something that you decide to use as a long-term solution, be sure to re-apply it regularly, at least every two hours after reapplication.  Hydrocortisone ointment also helps reduce swelling to subside the pain that is associated with a sunburn.  Hydrocortisone ointment is a treatment for more severe cases however, and should only be used under the supervision of a medical practitioner.

Avoid bursting sunburn blisters.  If you develop a sun blister from a sunburn and it pops, be sure to protect it with gauze dressing to keep the broken skin clean and to keep the blister clean as well.

Vitamin E.  This antioxidant helps decrease inflammation and pain that is caused by a sunburn.  Skin oil that contains vitamin E would be most ideal for a sunburn, but you can always take a supplement.  Vitamin E oil is the best type of oil or supplement to use for severe to mild sunburns because it works to heal your body from the inside and out.  When ingested, vitamin E works to reduce inflammation and any additional skin damage that may come from a sunburn. However, be sure to reconcile with your doctor before consuming any supplements.

Oatmeal bath.  An oatmeal bath works well to help your skin with any itching that develops.  To create a oatmeal bath, blend a cup of oatmeal into a fine powder.  Disperse the oatmeal in running water to make the water milky. By soaking in 20 minutes to help with any itching that develops.  You can also try a bath with 2 ounces of baking soda, apple cider or white vinegar to reduce the swelling and the uncomfort that comes with a sunburn.

Special Notes – Achieving a Real Sun-kissed Glow

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 80 percent of 7,100 participants in a study concluded that they were concerned about skin cancer, however, 72 percent of these found that tan skin was attractive.  If you still however want to achieve a summer glow, without the sunburn, still apply a sunscreen of SPF for 30 minutes before you go out and reapply every 15 to 30 minutes after exposure. Spending too much time under the sun at one time is not ideally the way to achieve a tan. Be sure to spread out your time and always wear additional protective gear such as sunglasses and a hat.

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Christine Kinney

Christine Kinney is a mother of 3 and avid beauty and fashion blogger. She has been a cosmetologist for over 5 years and loves healthy skin. Currently she's a stay at home mom but carries her years of experience with her and gives it away online.

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