Nothing is more unattractive than a lobster-like burn all over your face and body from too much time in the sun. Get out your SPF and follow some of these tricks and you can be safe AND chic this spring and summer.
- Use an aloe gel- pretty much anything will help soothe your skin but make for certain that it contains NO ALCOHOL. I don’t know why they make it with alcohol in it because it makes the burn much, much worse. Check the ingredients before purchasing. If you have an aloe plant, all the better- just snap off a small piece and spread the jelly on the affected area. 1% Hydrocortisone cream is also helpful.
- While treating your burn, stay inside as much as possible. Being in the sun at all will aggravate the problem.
- Drink a ton of water and take an Aspirin to reduce swelling. We are not medical doctors, this is just something we have found that has helped us. If your skin is covered in blisters or if you’re for any reason concerned about the level at which you’re burned, go see a doctor.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Take cool showers, and avoid any exfoliating scrubs or harsh formulas. Mild soap is your best bet. Pat yourself dry, don’t rub the towel on your skin, and wear loose fitting clothes as much as possible.
- Do not peel at your skin!
- Never, ever, ever use a tanning salon. The rays emitted from those beds are 2-3 times stronger than ones from the sun. If you are concerned with getting adequate Vitamin D, you get more than enough just being outside for 30 minutes a day!