Ouch Ouch Ouch - Five Ways To Relieve a Sunburn

No matter how hard we try to keep ahead of the sun by slathering ourselves with sunscreen and avoiding high noon, it seems every summer we end up with a sunburn.  Here are a few tricks we’ve learned to help heal more quickly and feel better faster.

Bright Sun

Anti-inflammatory
When we get a sunburn, along with the redness comes the swelling and discomfort.  Many doctors recommend that you can get ahead of it by taking an over-the-counter pill like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin to help stop the inflammation.  Of course, check with your doctor first.

Cool and clean
Rinse off any salt, sand or chlorine with cool water.  Better yet, pulverize a cup of oatmeal in a blender or food processor and add to a nice cool bath. Soak for at least 20 minutes. Do not rinse the oatmeal off - as it can help with itching.

Moisturize
What the sun taketh away we must replace!  Use a moisturizer to keep your skin happy.  Look for moisturizers that have aloe, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Avoid those with petroleum or mineral oil. Keep extra cool by storing your moisturizer in the fridge.

Compress
To take the sting away try soaking a cool compress (washcloth) in apple cider or plain white vinegar. Lay washcloth on the burn for 15 minutes. Vinegar has antiseptic and pain relieving properties. It may also reduce the likelihood of blistering. Is there anything vinegar can't do?

Hydrate
While you were soaking up the sun, the sun was busy soaking up moisture from not just your skin but your whole body.  Drink lots of water, eat lots of watermelon and any other hydrating fruit.