If you have spent too much time in the sun, especially when it is at its peak during the smoldering summer afternoons, you probably know what sunburn feels and looks like. All over the world, people frequent beaches with the hopes and aspirations of having some fun in the sun and to get that perfect tanned look, only to be put on the back foot when they are forced to deal with sunburn.
Sunburn, by definition, is a burn caused to the living tissue, such as tissues found on the skin, owing to excessive and/or extended exposure to the sun’s rays. Symptoms of sunburn include redness of the skin, rashes, and dry patches on the exposed skin, head heaviness, and overall fatigue.
When looking to have fun in the sun, sunburn can be such a deterrent to your plans. It can be the reason for the party to come to an end when it never even began. Thankfully for you, there are ways of getting the better of sunburn without compromising on the goal of having fun. Read on to discover simple but effective ways of treating sunburn.
Fluids and More
One of the best things to do in order to recover from sunburn is to consume a lot of water and fresh fruit juices. When you are dealing with sunburn, your body is dehydrated, and to save yourself from getting dehydrated, drinking a lot of fluids is what you need to be doing.
Don’t make the mistake of drinking water or fresh fruit juices all at one go, instead, sip on your drink and slowly, but steadily, replenish your body. Remember, come what may don’t make the mistake of consuming alcohol, beer, or aerated drinks. These drinks will only add to the problem of dehydration. For best results, keep consuming glasses of water and fruit juice at short intervals.
Cool as a Cucumber
It is important to stay cool when suffering from sunburn. You have to keep the affected area cool. To achieve this objective, take bath in ‘cool’ water. Make sure you get that right- ‘cool’ not cold water. Cool water can be best described as water that is at room temperature. You can also soak the burned areas with wet and clean cloth.
Avoid using soap, liquid body wash, or bath oils on the affected areas for some time as these might just aggravate the problem. Just cold water and a wet cloth will help decrease pain efficiently. Also, for added and accelerated healing, apply buttermilk over the affected area with a cotton swab and leave it to dry for about 15 minutes before you take your ‘cool’ shower.
Aloe Vera to the Rescue
Once you are done with cooling down the affected area, you can proceed to apply Aloe Vera. This is something that can help you almost instantly. However, don’t make the mistake of dabbing on some off-the-shelf cream, butter, petroleum jelly, or any greasy product on the affected area. Products that are greasy will only add fuel to the fire or in other words, they will only make the situation worse by clogging the pores and delaying the process of healing.
Fun Away from the Sun
When looking to heal sunburn, stay away from the source- yes, the sun – and stay indoors. Although it may seem like an impossible task what has to be done, has to be done. However, if the need to step out into the sun cannot be avoided, you must go prepared to take the bull by its horns. We are talking about preventive measures like lots of sunscreen, light-colored clothes, a pair of quality glares, and the quintessential umbrella.
Fruits, when consumed to fight the symptoms of sunburn, can help more than you can imagine. However, not all fruits, that grow on (or under!) the surface of the earth, can be eaten to provide relief from sunburn. Only those fruits that are blessed with an abundance of water can prove to be good for you. Fruits like watermelons, oranges, and sweet lime are just perfect. Eating a good quantity of such fruits can help provide relief from sunburn.
If sunburn has inflicted damage on your face, there is a certain something that you can do about it. You can begin by applying slices of tomato, cucumber, and potato to your face. The ingredients present in these vegetables can help heal your face and decrease the pain substantially. For best results, wash your face with cool water, pat it dry with a clean towel, apply the vegetable slices on your face, and lay back for fifteen to twenty minutes, or longer if desired. Once the stipulated time has passed, get rid of the vegetables, wash your face again, and pat dry.
If someone suggested that you must take vitamins, then that someone is the best well-wisher that a sun-burnt body can ask for. There can really be nothing too bad about vitamins and, when it comes to fighting sunburn, they really do help serve the purpose of helping you win the fight. It is a known fact that regular intake of vitamins can help reduce the damage caused by sunburn.
Lavender Oil + Yogurt
Applying lavender oil and yogurt on your skin on affected areas can help provide you with the relief-the kind that you may desperately need when suffering from sunburn. Apply lavender oil first and then yogurt for the best results.
Now that you are more familiar with dealing with sunburn, ensure that you try your best to fight it and its symptoms in the best possible manner. Stick to the basics, stay hygienic, and before you know it, your sunburn and all visible signs of it would be a thing of the past.