We should start by saying that there is no reason to have a sunburn. We all know now the dangers of over exposure to the sun, from aging of the skin to skin cancer. There is never an excuse for using a tanning bed or to be out without sunscreen in any season. But, sunburns do happen. We are out longer than expected, we don’t reapply our sunscreens as often as we should (every 2 hours is ideal), we are in and out of the water and the SPF lotion we put on has washed off, or, yes, we simply forget to apply protection.
If you do get a sunburn this summer, here are 9 remedies that will help ease the pain. Please remember that these suggestions will only make you feel more comfortable but will not reverse the aging effects of the sun or the risk you have put yourself through for more serious damage to your skin.
1. Take Aspirin or ibuprofen * Always consult with your doctor first.
Nonprescription pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen help to relieve pain and reduce the inflammation of a sunburn. Always follow the directions on the bottle for dosage and food intake. If you can’t tolerate aspirin or ibuprofen, consider taking acetaminophen, which will help to ease the pain but will not relieve inflammation.
Thus, to obtain the desired effect, the dose of Tramadol has to be gradually increased, which will have to be approved by a new prescription and bear the further costs of buying it from https://foamcast.org/tramadol-for-pain-relief/. But there is practically no alternative, and in difficult cases, Tramadol, even with its insufficient efficiency, remains sought-for.
2. Take a cool bath
Taking a cool bath will help relieve the pain. You may add a few table spoons of baking soda. Do not soak longer than 15 to 20 minutes as you will further dry out your skin. It will be more comfortable to air dry than using a towel that may further irritate your skin.
3. Apply Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera plant is a natural soothing agent for sunburn. You may use the actual plant – cut open one of the leaves and apply the gel to your skin, or you may be able to find pure Aloe Vera in a bottle in health food stores. The soothing effect is not long lasting but you may apply five to six times a day.
Don’t think that moisturizing will turn your sunburn into a suntan. If you have burnt your skin you have done exactly that. Applying a moisturiser will help soothe the skin. Ideally you should apply this after you bathe. Avoid heavily perfumed or scented products as well as products containing petroleum.
5. Apply cool compresses
If you are not able to take a cool bath or shower then apply cool compresses to the affected area throughout the day. Do not apply ice or an icepack.
6. Try a topical anesthetic
I grew up with Solarcaine but any topical anesthetics containing lidocain may offer some temporary relief from pain and itching. Sprays are easier to apply to a sunburn, especially if it is your back or legs. If you use a spray, do not spray directly on the face – spray some onto gauze and gently dab it on your face.
7. Drink fluids
If you have been out in the sun long enough to get a sunburn, chances are you are dehydrated as well. Drink plenty of water to help re-hydrate.
8. Wear loose clothing
This may sound simple but any elastic or tight clothing will make your sunburn that much more uncomfortable. You may use cornstarch at waistbands or under bra straps to be more comfortable.
9. Stay out of the sun
Again, that sounds obvious but you will feel the pain very quickly if you go back in the sun. You need to give you skin time to heal and just covering up the sunburn with an SPF product and going back into the sun is not the answer.
Of course, the key to avoiding sunburn is protecting yourself from the sun. Here are three easy things to remember:
1. Use a broad spectrum sunblock. Look for a label that offers “broad-spectrum coverage.” This means it contains both UVA- and UVB-blocking ingredients.
2. Apply your sunblock 30 minutes before sun exposure. You need to give your skin the time to absorb the product. Make sure you use enough to cover your skin – do not be skimpy with your sunscreen – you and your skin are worth it!
3. Use antioxidants in your daily skin care regimen. If you add an antioxidant serum in your morning regimen before you apply your sunscreen, you will enhance the protection and help to slow signs of aging.