The warmth of the summer is officially here to stay and, although lake season hasn’t officially kicked off until Memorial day, the weather is a subtle reminder to wear sunscreen. If you’re too busy wading in the water and clutching a Bud Light Lime to remember, there are a few things you can do to combat the sunny burn that has inconveniently appeared on your forehead.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Moisturize with a lotion that has aloe vera in it. Aloe vera contains compounds that soothe and reduce inflammation. It also repairs and stimulates skin regrowth. Avoid using moisturizers with petroleum, benzocaine and lidocaine as they tend to irritate and trap heat within the skin.
Take an Anti-inflammatory Pill
If the discomfort is too much to handle, get a hold of some ibuprofen and say sayonara to the pesky redness and swelling.
Indulge in Some H2O
Sunburns cause major dehydration so the more water you drink, the better. “Bad sunburns cause a process called vasodilation, where your blood vessels dilate and you lose water from your skin very quickly,” said Whitney Bowe, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City Bowe. “This can lead to dehydration, fatigue and even heat stroke if not treated.”
Take a Cool Bath
It’s important to cool your skin down, but the continual blast of water on your burnt skin won’t feel good, so opt for a bath instead of a shower.
Consider also skipping the soap, as it tends to dry out your skin even further. Instead, add baking soda to your bath which will help your skin cool and retain moisture.
Apply a Milk Rag
Moisten a cloth with skim milk and lightly wipe the affected area. The coolness will help with the burning sensation while the protein from the skim milk with help restore the skin.
Enjoy the official kick off of summer and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen, but if you do, remember these five tricks to relieve that pesky burn.