How to Treat a Sunburn

Although we know how important applying sunscreen is, sometimes we are not as diligent as we should be. The sun can be extremely dangerous, especially when it isn't out and shining, so in case you need it, here are some tips to help you care for a sunburn.


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  • Prevention is key, so always remember to wear SPF 15 when you are going to be outside. Even if the sun isn't shining per se, the UV rays can still burn your skin so be sure to protect yourself
  • Sunburns destroy the skin cells which helps protect our bodies from retaining and releasing heat and fluids so once you feel the first sting of a burn, get out of the sun immediately
  • Sunburns cause swelling, so an over the counter anti inflammatory will help with the pain. A cool shower or bath will help cool the skin and lower your body temperature
  • Avoid using soap on sunburned areas as it will strip the skin of natural oils that your body needs to heal the skin
  • Burns dry out the skin, so apply plenty of moisturizing lotion and/or Aloe Vera to bring moisture back to the skin. Make sure to hydrate. Symptoms of dehydration multiply with a sunburn
  • If your skin begins to blister, you could be suffering from a skin infection and should speak to your healthcare provider immediately. Do not pop any water blisters, but if they open on their own, apply an antibacterial ointment to the blister
  • A severe burn can cause dizziness, nausea, headache, fever and even vomiting. Just like any other kind of illness, the body will heal itself but keep it nourished and hydrated
  • Burned skin is very sensitive, so wear loose fitting clothing while your skin heals itself
    • I hope these tips are helpful. Obviously the best way to protect yourself is to stay out of the sun altogether and to wear sunscreen whenever you are outside. Be safe out there... the sun is only getting stronger.

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