SunburnSunday, June 18th, 2017, 2:32 am
No matter how careful we are, sometimes sunburn happens: your face and body can get flushed with sunburn, or the skin can actually become pink or red. Your skin feels hot and tight. It can become quite sore and painful if touched. What are the steps that you can take to ease your sunburn?
- As soon as you realize that your skin is becoming burnt, get out of the sun.
- A cool shower or bath may help cool your skin. As you dry off, leave some water on your skin that will help to rehydrate your skin once you apply a moisturizer.
- Use a moisturizing cream or lotion several times a day to soothe your skin.
- You can also use an over the counter hydrocortisone cream to ease hurting skin.
- Sometimes sunburn causes your skin to swell a bit. Taking aspirin or ibuprofen may help reduce swelling and redness.
- Stay well hydrated and drink water throughout the day.
- Sometimes sunburn causes your skin to blister. If this happens, do not touch or attempt to open up the blistering. Allow them to heal untouched.
- If with sunburn or blistering from sunburn you have chills, fever, or a headache, call your doctor immediately.
- Never second-guess your sunburn if you are in a lot of pain. Call your doctor or talk to your local pharmacist about how to help heal.
- Learn the lesson! Make it part of your daily habit to apply sunscreen. If you are going to be outdoors and in the sun, reapply thoroughly every two hours!