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6 Tips for Treating Sunburn

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School is coming an end. Memorial Day celebrations are being planned. Beach vacations and pool parties being penciled in on your calendar. With all of these fun celebrations ahead, we're sure you're excited about wearing your hair with beautiful beach waves. But is skin care top of mind?

Sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes of midday sun exposure on a very light-skinned person.  No one wants to spend their vacation stuck indoors because they got sunburn on the first day of vacation.

Sunburn pain is typically worst between 6 and 48 hours after sun exposure, so treating your sunburn immediately is critical to your skin’s recovery. So, if you find yourself suffering from red and burning skin, try these six tips for treating sunburn:

1. Aloe vera is your best friend! Keep a bottle of aloe vera in the fridge for extra relief.

2. Head to the drugstore and pick up some anti-inflammatory medicine such as Ibuprofen or aspirin.

3. While you’re at the store, pick up oatmeal bath or make your own by grounding up plain oatmeal flakes. Add this to luke warm bath water and soak. The oatmeal will work as an anti-inflamatory.

4. Hydrate. Keep hydrated so that your skin can bounce back quickly.

5. Grab a wash cloth and soak it in cold milk. Apply to your burnt skin for relief. The proteins in the milk ease discomfort and reduce heat.

6. Keep clothing loose. Minimize further skin damage stay comfy with looser fitting clothes.

 

Remember, the best way to treat sunburn is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Choose a quality sun screen with and SPF of 15 or higher.

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