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How to Care for Sunburn

By Edited May 24, 2016 0 1

Many doctors have warned you about the hazards of the sun, but you still ended up with a sunburn. Whether your skin is barely pink or you look like a lobster, you have learned the hard way that being out in the sun without protection is a bad idea. The actions that you take in the next few hours after getting a sunburn can mean the difference between being in pain for the rest of your vacation or getting back to the fun.
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Now that you are in pain, you need to care for your sunburn. There are many old wives tales about what you should and should not do to care for your skin. Some of these tips and some do not. For the best results it best to go with simplest of plans. These simple steps will help you to feel better, sooner. You also need to take these actions in order to begin the healing process. So let's get started.
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Step One
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Take an over the counter pain reliever to begin to care for your sunburn. At the moment your skin is very inflamed. A basic over the counter medication will help to lessen this inflammation. Taking this step will also help with the pain that you are feeling from your sunburn. Follow the directions on the box and take as needed to help with the pain from the sunburn.
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Step Two
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One of the forgotten problems that come along with sunburn is dehydration. You need to drink plenty of water as your skin irritation begins to heal. If you are like many people who do not like the taste of water, you can squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice in your water to liven up the flavor. To help defeat dehydration that comes from a sunburn, you need to stay away from caffeinated beverages. Trade in your usual soda or tea for a glass of water to get you on the road to recovery.
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Step Three
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Take a cook bath to help lower the temperature of your skin. When you have a sunburn, the surface of your skin can feel like it is on fire. Run a cool bath and soak in it for a while. For an added benefit, you can stir in some oatmeal to soothe the skin. Avoid taking a shower while you have a sunburn. The poundings of the water on your sunburn can do more damage to your already injured skin.
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Step Four
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Dress in loose cotton clothing. For your skin to heal the fastest, you need to allow the air to get to it. Cotton is the best material for this. However, any loose apparel will do when you have a sunburn and are in a bind.
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Step Five
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Apply aloe to your skin multiple times a day. The last step to the healing process is to keep skin moisturized. You can use pure aloe for this step or a product that is designed to care for sunburn with aloe in it. You can apply this product all over your body, not just where you have a sunburn, for best results.

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Comments

Jul 19, 2010 10:19pm
Sookie
aloe feels good on sunburn. Great article!
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