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How to Get Rid of a Sunburn: 10 Things You Can Do

How to get rid of a sunburn

Don't let the sun scare you out of going to the beach.

Almost everyone will get a sunburn at some point in their life. Luckily as we age it becomes easier to endure the resulting burning sensation. Sometimes though the burn may be annoying enough to ruin a day or two after an otherwise great vacation.

Do you want to know how to get rid of your sunburn?

While a little makeup might be able to help a sunburn look better the simple answer is:

It may take a some time to "get rid" of your sunburn. Sadly, there isn't a way yet to apply a magical cosmetic to your skin and wipe away the sunburn.

Sunburns fall into three categories First Degree Burns, Second Degree Burns, and Third Degree Burns. The sun can burn you in the same way that a fire burns your skin. "Wiping off" a sunburn would entail wiping off the skin tissue that is burnt.

To help speed up the skin tissues healing process, and endure the pain, we have 10 solutions that will help you deal with the side effects of having a good time at the beach.

1. Pain relievers

The burning sensation and the pain from the burn can be partially alleviated by Pain relievers such as Aspirin, Tylenol, and Advil.

2. Hydrocortisone

A topical, Over the counter drug. Applying a 1% hydrocortisone cream to the affected portion of the skin, can help alleviate some of the burning sensation caused by the sunburn.

3. Aloe Vera

The common "goto" for sunburn victims: Aloe Vera. The Skin Care products that we sell below contain Aloe Vera, and for a good reason-It works!

Facial Wipes 

Find out if you are allergic to Aloe Vera first. On a recent vacation in Kauai a friend of ours discovered he was allergic to Aloe Vera. His legs began to show signs of inflammation, and assuming that it was caused by the sunburn, he applied even more Aloe Vera. Thankfully a trip to the hospital wasn't required. This might be because Kauai is such an incredible destination.

4. Cooling Lotions Anti-Redness creams

Aloe vera isn't the only thing that can cool off your burnt skin. Don't count out cooling Menthol lotions or Redness reducing creams. However use them in moderation: use it too often and you could dry out the affected area.

Menthol is the natural extract from a mint plant.

5. Oatmeal Bath

Recommended by several sources, Oatmeal baths can help temper the burn on your skin, and aid your skin in the healing process. Studies show that the avenanthramides and phenols, chemicals contained in oatmeal, have anti-inflammatory properties. See the research here... 

6. Vinegar Cider

No, it is not an old wives tell, yes Vinegar Cider can temper the burning sensation of a sunburn. It is recommended that you dilute the Vinegar Cider, usually in a bath, maybe even in an Oatmeal Bath1 

7. Cool compress

A pretty simple solution to reduce the burn, a cool compress can help your skin feel a lot better. Don't use cold water, but rather a "cool" water compress is what we are looking for. You can find more information on doing this here... 

Instead of water, cool milk is often recommended as an alternative.

8. Topical Application of Food

Cucumbers
Grind a cucumber down into a paste. It can give a cool and soothing effect if applied on Sunburned Skin. Cucumber contains healthy nutrients including Vitamin A and C, folate, manganese, silica, sulfur etc. It also has healing properties caused by a high concentration of antioxidant and analgesic agents.

Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil can be used as a sunblock and it can heal sunburned patches of skin. Lauric acid, a major component of the oil, promotes the healing of sunburns.

Live cultured yogurt
The yogurt should be plain, not flavored, and it should also contain probiotics. The probiotics and enzymes are helpful in healing skin. It can aid in the recovery of pain and redness from burns.

9. Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel has been used topically to treat burns, skin irritation, and sunburns. Studies have shown that Witch Hazel counters the effects of UVA and its harmful anti-free radical activity. You can experience the cleaning and soothing properties of Witch Hazel with our Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes. http://www.goadventuress.com/products/fearlessly-refreshing-facial-wipes

10. Prevention

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
- Benjamin Franklin(a regular user of Oatmeal Baths)

Yes, a quote from the 1700's is applicable.

Use Sunscreen

The best way to prevent a sunburn...is by using sunscreen. Anything over SPF 15 should work. Reapply every thirty minutes or as directed by the sunscreen bottle.

Simple, but learning about Prevention is most likely not the reason you are here reading this article

Don't like the mess or lugging around an annoying sunscreen bottle?

We have a natural compact wipe on sunscreen that you can easily carry in your pocket. 

11. Rose Hip Oil(Extra)

Containing essential fatty acids, Rose Hip Oil is an intensive moisturizer that can replenish dry skin, without over-treating non-dry skin. It can help soothe sunburns, and reduce the visibility of scars.


Our Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer contains Rose Hip Oil

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