How to Quickly Recover From Sunburn

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When spring days begin to roll into summer, and the sun begins to shine with extreme force, chances are that you will end up with a moderate to severe sunburn at some point. Trying to avoid sunburn at all costs is the smartest idea of all, but if you like to get a tan in the summer, it’s very easy to forget the danger long enough to get into trouble, especially if you have fair skin. Once your skin becomes sunburned, there are some tricks that will help you through the healing process and make you more.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunblock
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Moisturizing and rejuvenating lotion with aloe
  • Cotton clothing
  • Hat
  • Cold water
  • When spring days begin to roll into summer, and the sun begins to shine with extreme force, chances are that you will end up with a moderate to severe sunburn at some point. Trying to avoid sunburn at all costs is the smartest idea of all, but if you like to get a tan in the summer, it’s very easy to forget the danger long enough to get into trouble, especially if you have fair skin. Once your skin becomes sunburned, there are some tricks that will help you through the healing process and make you more.

  • Get out of the sun immediately whenever you feel even a little soreness and notice any redness at all forming on your skin. You don’t necessarily have to go inside, though that is perhaps the best option. To save your skin from further damage without ruining all your fun, you can make a few changes to reduce the sun’s exposure. One is to dress in soft cotton clothing that covers the area that has been affected. Make sure this clothing is not porous, which would allow the rays to reach your skin through the fibers in the material. If you are playing some kind of game or sunbathing, change your activity, which will change the angle of the sun on your body. Be sure to include a hat because if any part of your body is burning, the chances are strong that your face will burn too.

  • Begin to properly treat your sunburn as soon as you return home or to your hotel room. The first step is to take a cold shower, or you can run cold water over the area of skin that is sunburned. Be careful not to accidentally allow the water to warm up because the hot water will cause your tender skin a lot of pain. If the burn is not too bad, repeating a cool shower every few hours will help relieve pain and keep you more comfortable.

  • Gently massage aloe vera gel into the skin to help heal the burn and take some of the pain away. You can purchase aloe vera gel at most grocery and drug stores, but I prefer the more pure products in a health food or natural foods store or coop. Choose one that has a clear bottle so you can see that the contents are gooey and green. Another great source for aloe is an aloe plant—if you happen to have one growing in your home or garden. After you have rubbed aloe onto the burn, it should begin to feel better immediately. Continue to rub aloe liberally but gently on your skin continually throughout that day and evening and regularly until it begins to peel.

  • Find a lotion (with aloe as one of the ingredients) that moisturizes and rejuvenates once your skin has begun to peel--instead of continuing to rub pure aloe on the burn. This will help to control the dead skin and moisturize the dry skin underneath the burned skin. Continually apply this lotion until the sunburn has completely healed.

  • Stop yourself from trying to speed the healing process up by peeling off the dead skin when your skin begins to peel.. If you pull off the skin, a scab can form and the skin underneath is very raw. This will cause you more pain and could possibly become infected or leave scaring when it heals.

  • Keep your skin away from irritating materials while recovering from sunburn. Try to avoid direct contact to your skin by bumping or touching it or from clothing because it will be very painful to you. Once you have been burned, stay inside or do whatever it takes to avoid being in the sun. You need to prevent the burn from becoming any worse than it already is, and you must allow it the required time to heal. If you must go in the sun while you have sunburn, be sure to wear lots of sunscreen, a cotton shirt and a hat.

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