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How to Treat Sunburn

By Virginia Laird

Have you ever forgot to apply sunscreen before spending a few hours outdoors? This is the case for million across the nation on a daily basis. While there are some who do not burn easily in the sun, others may burn after only a few minutes. Skin care professionals advise that keeping the skin healthy and free of burning can be as easy as applying sunscreen routinely. However, these same experts know that there will be times when burning will happen and have offered a host of tips to help ease the pain and discomfort which can accompany this issue, including:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Apply aloe often
  • Apply cool cloths

Drink Plenty of Water

One problem with sunburn is that the skin gets extremely dry. This can cause a great deal of discomfort. Health and wellness experts suggest it is best to keep the skin moist by staying hydrated. This can help prevent some of the pain caused by too much sun exposure which leads to burning.

Apply Aloe Often

Aloe is a plant-based product that helps to cool the skin as well as replenish lost moisture. Using this on severe sunburns can help the skin to heal more quickly. It is advised by skincare professionals to apply aloe to sunburns often. For those who may have little experience with this product, it can be easily found at most supermarkets and drugstores.

Apply Cool Cloths

When a sunburn occurs, it can cause excruciating pain. Much of the time the skin is warm to the touch as well. Health and wellness experts advise that applying cool damp cloths can help relieve the pain and cool the skin. Remember that rubbing the cloth across the skin can make the pain from the burn worse. It is best to lay the cloth on the sunburned area and leave it for a short period of time.

Next Time Remember the Sunscreen

For those who have been a victim of sunburn, you know how vital it can be to keep sunscreen on hand. Skin care professionals advise that everyone should make applying sunscreen prior to heading outdoors (even when just going to work) a habit. This can help prevent sun damage, including premature aging and skin cancer.

Do yourself a favor, begin keeping a bottle of sunscreen in your car so you can avoid another painful sunburn.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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