With summer [finally] here, we can actually get outside and get some Vitamin D. Personally, I would be outside all day if I had the option! I love feeling the warmth of the sun kissing my skin. Swimming, hiking, biking, camping are just some of my favorite outdoor activities.
However, with sun, comes sunburns. Minor or major, they are just the worst! Protecting your skin is something that should be made a priority in your everyday life. So do you know what kind of sunscreen is best to keep your skin covered?
How to Take Care of Sunburns
So you got too much sun, you say? It may be a little painful, but don’t worry. I have you covered for that issue as well!
1. Moisturize- When you have a sunburn, the moisture is removed from your skin. In order to heal your skin faster, you should apply lotion frequently to soothe your skin. Products with Vitamin C or E may help reduce skin damage.
2. Hydrate- Not only do burns remove the moisture from your skin, it also removes fluids from your whole body. Make sure you are drinking extra water or sports drinks to prevent dehydration.
3. Hydrocortisone cream- Applying this cream topically for one or two days can reduce your discomfort.
4. Medicate- Taking Ibuprofen for 48 hours can reduce the redness, swelling, and pain of your burn. Acetaminophen will help ease the pain, however, it has no anti-inflammatory effects.
5. Avoid Soap- During the first day or two of your sunburn, avoid using soap. Soap will dry and further irritate your burned skin.
6. Oatmeal Bath- Oatmeal will help soothe your skin as well. Pour a cup or two of uncooked oatmeal into a cheese cloth or sock and tie it closed. Place into a lukewarm to cool bath. Try not to stay in the water too long, though, because excessive soaking will also dry your skin.
Although being out in the sun all day is loads more fun than sitting inside watching television, we still need to remember to take care of our skin.
Do you have any other methods you use to treat your sunburns?
Follow along with me!