Sunburnt...Now What?

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I was an idiot this past weekend. I slathered myself in high SPF sunscreen, and after not getting any tanning results, the next day I did a much smaller SPF dosage. And now I'm a lobster. Ouch.

So, yes, I broke the sunscreen rule and went and got myself charcoaled. It happens. And it sure does hurt. Here are some tips to helping ease the pain:

  • Aloe Vera. This stuff has been my best friend all week. Keep it in the fridge so when you put it on your hot skin, it's nice, cool, and refreshing.
  • Aspirin helps with the pain and reduces the inflammation.
  • Soak in baking soda. It's cooling and helps the skin retain moisture. And let yourself air dry instead of a with a towl.
  • Take a warm shower. Yes, a warm one. The warm water not only draws out the heat in the burn but also increases circulation while hydrating it, which increases the healing process.
  • Make some tea, cool, and apply to the burn. While any tea will work, mint tea, such as peppermint or spearmint is especially good. The teas have tannins that help the healing process.
  • Drink lots of water and keep hydrating moisturizer on.

Do you have any home remedies for dealing with sunburn?

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