The sun is hot, but you're hotter. Let's hope that doesn't mean your skin though. Sunburns are to summer as fish are to water. They are bound to happen, but that doesn't mean you have to suffer needlessly...
1.) Cool baths sans soap will help draw out the heat without irritating your skin further. Forget the ol' towel and air dry instead. Then apply some moisturizer without heavy fragrances to look in the moisture, you can even put your lotion in the refrigerator for an added cooling factor.
2.) Hydrate with extra water, green tea helps protect and reduce inflammation. cucumbers, watermelon, any kind of melon.
3.) Here are a few things you can apply directly on the skin:
- Milk & yogurt: Applying cool milk or plain yogurt will instantly help cool off the skin and the protein and fat will help it heal faster. Rinse with cool water after applying and gently pat dry.
- Witch hazel & apple cider vinegar: If you spritz some on the skin with a squirt bottle it will help reduce the irritation plus the inflammation.
- Aloe: If you want a store bought one, try getting one without colors or fragrance. If you have a plant, pull off one of the leaves and apply the juice directly onto the skin.
Don't peel, resisting the urge can help you avoid making it worse or causing an infection. Forgive but don't forget, everyone gets sunburned so forgive yourself but don't forget to reapply. Oh, and since we mentioned it, reapply! Reapplying frequently throughout your time in the sun will drastically reduce your chances of getting burnt and it'll help any areas previously burned stay protected. And don't forget your lips! Wearing loose clothing can help avoid irritation and let the skin breath. Here are some of Piper & Scoot's favorite loose clothing options.