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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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  1. 10 Home Remedies for Sunburn Treatment

 

Beginners Guide to The Art of Hiking

"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it." - Jules Renard

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." - John Burroughs

While it may sound like an oxymoron, there are very few activities as refreshing as a hike out in the wilderness. Certainly a hike may be exhausting, but the sheer impression left by nature on us reminds us that despite our hectic world, there is a calming harmony in nature.

Nature with its sights, sounds and smells often calls the hiker to its deep forests, and high peaks. Whether you are aspiring to go on a long or short hike there is one major precaution that you should consider first. Your skin.

Despite the extremes we encounter in Mother Nature there is a thin layer of skin between us and the outside world. At Adventuress we have put together a small guide to help you protect your skin, and try to ensure a comfortable hike. First, let’s look at the fundamentals concerning how to decide what products to pack when you are hiking.

Ten General Essentials1

Be sure to always take these with you even on short day hikes as a precaution. On a routine Day Hike you may not need a twenty pound backpack but be sure to include these items in some measure. The items on this list are only the essentials, feel free to take any additional items with you that will help you enjoy the hike.

      1. Navigation (map and compass)
      2. Adventuress Skin protection(Sunscreen)
      3. Insulation (extra clothing)
      4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
      5. First-aid supplies
      6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
      7. Repair kit and tools
      8. Nutrition (extra food)
      9. Hydration (extra water)
      10. Emergency shelter

Be Lightweight to Enjoy Your Hike

When you are trying to decide what to pack, contemplate the amount of weight that you would be comfortable carrying. There will be rocks, streams, up-hills, and downhills that you must navigate through, while managing your gear. Initially when you start the hike you may not care about the weight, but after mile seventeen, you will certainly notice it.  

“The lighter the pack, the more enjoyable the journey” is the mantra of many seasoned hikers.

Here are 6 ways to get your pack lighter2:

  1. Reduce each item's weight. Modify items to reduce superfluous weight, replace items that were manufactured using heavy materials with items made from lighter ones, or exchange fully featured items for minimalist (and therefore lighter) items.3
  2. Weigh everything. First weigh every item and record its weight. Only with precise before and after weights can one optimize total backpack weight.
  3. Share gear with the others joining you on the hike. For example, four people sleep in a four-person tent, one stove for 2-4 people, etc.
  4. Swap gear for skills through reading and practice. The greater one's skills in using the environment and gear, the fewer tools you will need to carry. For example, by knowing where you can get water on the hike, you don’t need to carry as much.
  5. Lighten your feet. Hiking shoes are cheaper and lighter than hiking boots. Hiking shoes have also evolved to be a lot more useful on long distance hikes.
  6. Multi-purpose. Try to find items that work well for different tasks, for example a poncho can be used as a tent, hiking poles can be used as tent poles, wool socks(dry) can be used as mittens, etc.

Water will be the heaviest item you carry. However if you take advantage of compact water bladders like the Camelbak you can efficiently carry more water without as much concern for weight. This brings us to the next Fundamental.

Think Compact to be More Lightweight

An important part of setting up your backpack involves taking into account the 10 essentials and if any of them are heavy cumbersome things, you need to consider what makes it essential. By knowing what makes it essential, you can take the fundamentals of why it is essential and find a more lightweight, compact replacement. For example-water bladders.

Another good example is sunscreen. Sunscreen is a liquid that often comes in a mid-large sized container. Liquids are often heavy, and the container might take up a considerable amount of space. What makes sunscreen fundamentally important? It prevents sunburns. What is a more lightweight, and compact replacement? Adventuress has Sunscreen Swipes that weigh .10 Ounces a piece. As a plus they are thin, therefore they will not take up any space in your pack.

The non-essential items that you want to bring should also go through the same process. Whatever you decide to pack, whether it is essential or not, think compact.

Packing compact also helps you dispose of items without taking up additional space for trash. Which leads us to the next fundamental. 

Leave No Trace to Protect the Environment 

We do not advocate littering. Preserve the forest because the forest helps to preserve us.  Take care of it, because it takes care of you. When you have trash to dispose of, you have to repack that trash. Therefore items should be “easy” to dispose of. When we say “easy to dispose of”, any trash that you have shouldn’t take up more space, but rather it should ideally take up less space. Items that are easy to dispose of, either take up less space, or they weigh less after use. 

Be Odorless to Prevent Attracting Bears

While hiking the skin product you use, should also be odorless. The reasons why may be obvious. Nature in and of itself has subtle enjoyable smells, there are no a lot of people that want to smell "Wild Tangerine" when they are out trying to enjoy nature. Bears also are especially susceptible to smells, and according to reports lotions or perfumes may attract them in the same way as food4

If you want to bring lotion, or other skin care products on the hike our products are odorless.

Be Water Resistant to Prevent Hypothermia

Water can ruin a hike real fast, just refer to essential number 3. Often hikers pack a poncho to keep from getting wet, and they pack extra socks, clothes, etc. to replace wet clothing with dry clothing. The reason being that water creates friction, and it can cause disorientation, or possibly hypothermia. While it does feel good to cool off in a rainstorm, lake, or waterfall you may encounter colder weather further along the hike. If you want to enjoy these things an extra change of clothing is not only recommended, but essential.

Not to mention you will most likely sweat throughout the entire hike. Having water resistant clothing will help protect you from the repercussions of friction caused by water. Similarly using skin care products that are water resistant will help prevent redundant re-applications of that product.

Some Solutions to Protect The Hikers Skin

There is a thin layer of skin between us and the outside world and we should try to nurture it on every adventure. Now that we have gone over the fundamentals of how and what to pack on a hike.

We will briefly go over some solutions to protect the hikers skin. 

Nature impacts your skin in the following ways:

  • The Sun
  • The Dirt
  • Friction
  • Bug Bites

The Sun

    Hikes are long physical activities where you are often exposed to the sun at high elevations. A sunburn is usually guaranteed. Keeping with our packing fundamentals earlier, to help prevent sunburns, take a lightweight sunscreen that is not messy, it is easy to use, compact, and is waterproof. For example our YouVee’s Sunscreen Swipes, are compact, lightweight, and don’t have the mess normally associated with bottled sunscreen.

    Other than sunscreen it is recommended that you cover up with a hat, pants rather than shorts, and a long sleeve shirt, but the heat often makes this really difficult. There are clothes that are meant for hiking however that are more breathable, and include moisture wicking to keep you dry. Clothes will also help protect your skin from the final three conditions that can impact your skin.

    Our Sunscreen Swipes were featured in Fitness Magazine.

    The Dirt

      Dirt, or mud, getting either of these or both on your legs, arms, and face is normal when you are hiking. While you may be miles away from a shower Adventuress has Refreshing Facial Wipes that will help you keep clean and refreshed while on your hike.

      Again sticking with our fundamentals, while facial wipes are not on the 10 essential list, our wipes are lightweight, compact, and easy to dispose of.

      Our Refreshing Facial Wipes were featured in Cosmopolitan

      Friction

        Repeated motions while you are hiking, especially on the bottom of your feet can create blisters, which are caused by the friction between your foot and shoe. To have a comfortable hike and prevent blisters on your feet, we recommend that you bring a few pairs of socks as the sweat from your feet will often make the inside of your socks wet, resulting in additional friction. Hence why there are also moisture wicking socks that will help prevent your foot from becoming too wet, by “wicking” the sweat.

        There is nothing like a new change of socks in the middle of a hike either. 

        Sock liners can also help reduce friction. Sock liners are meant to be an extra layer between your foot and your sock. They are generally made out of silk, which is especially known for its lack of friction. Since they are nearly weightless, and they are really compact we recommend them.

        Bug Bites

          Nearly left out of this list, bug bites are really annoying. There are a few of ways to prevent bug bites. So far the most successful one that we have experienced is DEET specifically Ben’s DEET, recognizable by the Porsche red spray bottle. Wearing long-sleeved clothing is also a great way to prevent excessive bug bites. Since you can buy a small bottle of Maximum Strength Ben’s DEET that is lightweight and compact, we really recommend adding it to your pack as well.

          Hiking is fun

          Hiking certainly does sound like an oxymoron based on preceding information, however the solutions mentioned above are to help you prevent the things that often ruin a refreshing hiking experience. Adventuress cares about protecting your skin, so blisters, sweat, and sunburns don’t ruin your week and your adventure.

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          References:

          1. REI Expert Advice: The Ten Updated Essentials

          2. Wikipedia: Ultralight Backpacking

          3. Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardines Guide to Lightweight Hiking

          4. Stack Exchange: Are bears attracted to Lotions and Perfumes?

          Named as One of the Favorite Top Ten Travel Size Products at BeautyInfoZone
          Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday

          BeautyInfoZone - July 28, 2015 
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          Skincare:

          ADVENTURESS SUNSCREEN SWIPES* are great to stick in my purse. They are the size of my palm and thin enough that they take up almost no space. My favorite is the YouVee Sunscreen Swipes which you can open, use, close, use later. They won’t last for more than a day but it’s a great day trip product. (A box of 24 is $33)

          There are three types of swipes:

          Naturally Liberating Cleanser Swipes are a fragrance free creamy cleanser that will leave your skin hydrated.

          Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer Swipes are anti-aging and contain a number of good for your skin ingredients.

          YouVee Sunscreen Swipes are SPF30 and are invaluable. This is a great way to refresh your sunscreen. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9.7% Sunscreen, Titanium Dioxide 6.5% Sunscreen.

           

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          YouVee Sunscreen Swipes Featured in Golf Vacations Magazine

          "One of the most unique products we have seen to guard against extreme sun exposure are the new YouVees Sunscreen Swipes by Adventuress that are not only efficient for the golf course, but also prevent your hands from getting greasy and are so small you can even put them in your pocket."

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          Rebekah George talks about how to glam up your day at the beach on HLN

          Featured on HLN Weekend Express
          July 11, 2015

          "Kick your day at the beach up a notch! Rebekah George from Retailmenot.com has some great ideas how to glam up your beach day. She's showing us some new gear to haul your stuff and she has some affordable products to keep you cool and safe in the sun."

          • Folding wagon for about $60.
          • Reversible tote for less than $30.
          • Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes - pack of 24 for $33.

          Read the full article here...

          Glam up your day at the beach!


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          "Sunscreen Swipes that fit into any pocket of your golf bag" - Golf Chicago Magazine

          "IF YOU ARE NOT APPLYING AND THEN REAPPLYING, THEN YOU'RE AT RISK! THE ADVENTURESS SUNSCREEN SWIPES ARE INDIVIDUALLY PACKAGED SPF 30 SWIPES THAT FIT INTO ANY POCKET OF YOUR GOLF BAG. EACH SWIPE HAS A FINGER POCKET SO YOU SIMPLY SLIDE YOUR FINGERTIPS IN THE MOISTENED CLOTH POCKET AND GENEROUSLY APPLY TO SKIN. SKIN SAFETY IS THAT SIMPLE!” 

          - JULY 2015, GOLF CHICAGO MAGAZINE

          Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes featured at GOLF.com

          Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes: Apply, Block & Grip! 
          JUNE 11, 2015 by Brendan Mohler

          "It’s officially sunblock season, which means that, if you’re reapplying enough, it’s also the season in which you’re battling slimy sunscreen hands on the course. Adventuress sunscreen wipes are out to combat that slick, unwanted feeling. Slip your fingers into the “swipe pocket,” peel back the label and apply. Easy as that."

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