What’s not to love summer in San Diego, right? The weather is perfect and there are always so many different outdoor activities to choose from.
Spending time outdoors in the warm summer sun definitely has its advantages, but it can also be harmful to your health. We were all guilty of forgetting to re-apply our sunscreen after spending countless hours lying on the beach or exploring San Diego on these rented beach cruisers. For these rare occasions when you forgot to apply your sunscreen, you can recover from a painful and unpleasant sunburn as follows:
Relax in a cool oatmeal bath
There are certain types of foods that support the healing process when it comes to sunburn and oatmeal is one of them. When mixed with water, the oatmeal is anti-inflammatory and smoothes the skin when burned. You can either pick up an oatmeal based treatment from any drugstore or you can easily create your own mix by grinding the oatmeal in a blender or food processor.
Stay away from soap
As you soak in your soothing oatmeal bath, try not to use soap. It could be a natural reaction to automatically achieve to try to keep your skin as clean as possible, but the soap can even dry out that uncomfortable sunburn and irritate your skin even more.
Keep the skin moist
Sunburned skin lacks the proper moisture that your normal skin has, so it’s extremely important to keep the burnt skin hydrated for the healing process. Try something like moisturizer or aloe vera.
Aloe vera is especially useful for sunburn as it acts as a natural remedy for burning while providing antibacterial benefits. Apply the aloe vera several times a day to your burning to see a significant improvement in your skin and the burn pain.
Be sure to stay hydrated
Closely associated with moisturizing the skin, make sure you are well hydrated. Sunburn can easily lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink extra fluid for the duration of your sunburn. Hydrating will also aid the healing process of sunburn.
Take a pill
The second you realize that you have a sunburn, it is important to pop an anti-inflammatory like Advil or Aleve. “This is probably one of the best things you can do to reduce the redness and pain of a sunburn,” explains Dr. Cela. Take the painkillers as needed in the first few days.
Wear loose clothes
“Your body tries to respond to the trauma by increasing blood flow to the area to help with healing, so wearing tight clothing is an absolute no-no.” Instead, use loose-fitting objects to prevent further inflammation, which can lead to swelling and possible blisters.
Wearing tight clothing on sunburned skin is not only exceptionally uncomfortable, but can also irritate the already damaged skin. Try to wear loose-fitting clothing so your skin can breathe and heal faster.
Get a lot of rest
You may think, “How am I supposed to be able to rest with the pain and discomfort of this sunburn?” We know that it could be difficult, but it is extremely important to take care of the body. If you have trouble sleeping, try a type of pain medication like Advil or Tylenol that will help with the discomfort.
Protect your skin
While there is no immediate and easy cure for sunburn, following the above instructions will make the recovery process easier and less painful. We know you’ve heard it before, but the easiest way to deal with a sunburn is not to get sunburned.
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