Summertime Sunburn Relief
While avoiding sunburns is always the best idea, sometimes we still get burned during the heat of the summer. Whether your sunburn is minor or severe, there are several things you can do to ease the pain and discomfort, as well as to get yourself on the road to feeling better.
Embrace the Shade
If you think you’re burning or if you already have a sunburn, stay out of the sun and embrace the shade! If you absolutely have to be in the sun, wear a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, and a hat, and lather on the sunscreen. Sunburn relief is going to be harder to come by when your already burned skin gets even more burned.
Utilize At-Home Remedies
There are several opinions about the best remedy for sunburn, and if you’re experiencing discomfort, just start working your way down the list to find the best sunburn relief for you.
- Aloe Vera – Whether from a bottle purchased from the store or directly from an Aloe Vera plant, this is great for both sunburn itch relief and pain relief.
- Honey – This is a little messier, but honey naturally helps the skin retain moisture, leading to less dryness in the skin and ultimately, sunburn pain relief. Spread it on, let it sit, then rinse with cold water.
- Yogurt – Another messier option, plain yogurt with live cultures will bring immediately cooling power and serious sunburn relief. Spread it on the burn and let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing.
- Cold Compress – While this may not bring about long-term sunburn pain relief, it will provide quite possibly the best sunburn relief in the short-term. A cold compress will cool the skin instantly, bringing about immediate sunburn itch relief and pain relief.
Prevent Sunburns from Reoccurring
If you’ve already had a sunburn this summer or if you’re simply trying to avoid the unnecessary pain of a sunburn, do whatever you can to prevent sunburns from reoccurring. This includes the suggestions above, such as staying in the shade, wearing clothes that cover the skin, and wearing hats. But you should also avoid peak hours (10 AM until 4 PM), seek shade throughout the day as you take a break from the sun, protect your eyes with UVA and UVB sunglasses, and wear an SPF lip balm to protect your lips as well. Be sure to apply a high-SPF sunscreen liberally and regularly.
If your sunburn isn’t getting better or you think you may need medical attention, get in touch with us at NCHS. We can provide sunburn pain relief and treatment, as well as confirm that no additional medical attention is required. Find the NCHS location nearest to you or get in touch with us now to schedule an appointment or have your sunburn relief questions answered.