3 Ways to Help a Sunburn Heal

With the weather getting better and sun shining, people are without a doubt going to want to be spending more time outside. But with more sun and less clothing due to the heat often lead to sunburns. Sunburns not only hurt but are also not very good for you at all. The best thing to do is put on sunscreen to avoid sunburns, but if you have forgotten and now find yourself with a sunburn, use these three ways to help it heal.

1. Moisturize/Treat the Burn

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(source: health.howstuffworks.com)

The skin can be extremely irritated and itchy when you have a sunburn, so one of the best things you can do is to apply a moisturizer to soothe the skin. Using a lotion with vitamin C and E could have potential to help limit the damage and speed up healing. It may also feel good to apply some kind of Aloe Vera ointment to it, as they are normally cool and can ease the warm irritation of a sunburn.

2. Act Fast

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(source: 680news.com)

While the sunburn itself can sometimes take hours to appear and show signs and redness, normally people can “feel” that they are burning or will burn. If you are one of those people who can feel when you are burning, you should get out of the sun and start the treatment immediately. Don’t wait until you see the redness to treat the burn, as the earlier you treat it, the easier it will heal and the less severe the actual burn will be.

3. Keep Hydrated

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(source: extension.usu.edu)

Any type of burn, including a sunburn, draws fluid in the body to the skin surface and away from the rest of your body. This means you should definitely be drinking more water and other beverages for a few days and always beware of the signs of dehydration. This is especially a problem for children, so if your children have a sunburn, in addition to treating the burn you should also make sure they are hydrating enough.