Sunburns are painful. They can also happen quickly for some people if they are overexposed to the sun. For this reason, we all should be aware of how to treat sunburn.
1. If you are outside and you begin to feel your skin stinging, become tender or even feel a tingle sensation, chances are good that you have begun to sunburn. This means you need to take the necessary steps and get out of the sun immediately. If you can’t get out of the sun, at least try to find a shady area or cover up your skin to protect it.
2. Next you need to start cooling your skin. You can do this by placing a cool cloth onto your skin. If you can, soak the cloth in some cold black tea. Black tea contains an acid that will actually calm the inflammation. You can also apply Aloe Vera gel onto the area. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, consider taking an over counter medication such as ibuprofen to help you.
3. You also should begin drinking more fluids. If you can, drink at least one glass of water each hour while your skin is extremely red. This will help take down the inflammation and help keep you from becoming dehydrated.
4. Of course, you should all ready know that you should stay out of the sun for several days to give your skin time to heal.
5. As your skin begins to heal, it will begin to peel. Moisturizing the area will help with the dryness and the itchiness that come with this stage. If may want to apply some basic lotion to the area. Try not to actually pick or peel the area of skin. If you do, the area may become sore. Allow it to peel naturally.
6. Once the areas seem to have healed, continue applying lotion to the area for a while to help keep the area from developing any further cell damage.
Do your best to keep from having to use the above tips? Remember sun burns are more than a mere annoyance and a short lived pain. They can actually help increase your chances of developing skin cancer, especially if you have more than six sun burns in your lifetime.