In summer the sun’s extreme heat rays can really cause an unpleasant tanning burn on your beautiful skin. While there are many cosmetic and natural cures for sunburns the best cure is to not get a sunburn in the first place. As the saying goes- “Prevention is better than Cure”, you might not want to go through the discomfort and pain caused by sunburns.
However, there are many who still end up getting burnt at the end of the day and thus require special treatment measures to effectively cure this painful condition.
Hence whenever you’re out in the sun, and if you do happen to get sunburnt, follow these treatment measures:
5Compress with cold water
Take a soft clean cloth and soak it in cold water. Now put this cold soaked cloth on the burnt part and leave it on for at least 10 minutes and repeat this every hour. This will have a cooling sensation on the sunburn and reduce that stinging pain that usually follows after getting sunburnt.
4Keep yourself well hydrated
The skin healing process utilizes excess fluids from the body and thus can dehydrate your body slowly. So, in case of a sunburn be sure to stay sufficiently hydrated by drinking lots of water. It would be good to keep or carry a bottle of water with you for as long as your sunburnt skin is healing.
3Apply Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel is perhaps one of the best remedies for sunburns, as it contains anti-inflammatory properties and healing qualities. These soothe irritation on the skin and facilitate the healing of the wound. This gel would work even better on sunburnt skin after refrigeration, when it is extremely cold.
2Moisturize and do not peel off the skin
The dried up skin after a sunburn can be annoyingly itchy and will definitely make you feel like peeling it off as soon as possible. However, you must not peel off this skin and resist the urge to peel it off by applying unscented moisturizing lotion or cream. This will soothe the itching feeling and probably cure it within a few days. A hydrocortisone cream would be best for sunburns.
Take a lukewarm oatmeal bath by adding 1/3 cup of rolled oats into a coffee filter and tie it into bundle and drop this into the bath water. Oatmeal consists of anti-inflammatory properties, reduces redness, soothes and heals the sunburn.
Sunburns in particular do not require any expensive medical attention, as they can be treated in the comfort of your very own home. But, if you start feeling nauseas, feverish or chilly, you should then see a doctor as these could well be the signs of heatstroke.