Although it takes time to fully recover from sunburn, there are plenty of simple remedies that can help ease your discomfort. Taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or aspirin can help. Keep the burned area cool by applying compresses, or take a cool bath to bring down inflammation. Keeping the sunburn moist with aloe vera gel or moisturizing cream can also alleviate pain.
STay out of the sun, away from heat. If you blister you may need to see a physician, there are over the counter analgesics, apply soothing lotion, take cool baths. A sunburn is a burn like other kind and should be taken care of in the same manner. Drink plenty of fluids, your skin is inflammed due to damage from a burn.
Prevention is the best remedy. My complexion is such that I burn no mater what I do, in most circumstances, regardless of lotion or level of tan I might have. After living in Hawaii as a kid for 4 years I can say I have experience with sunburns. Sadly it was another 20 years before I discovered a way to prevent sunburn with a simple food supplement. I have had very good results from taking oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) - found in Grape Seed Extract -- before going in the sun or after a sunburn. Heals overnight if I got burned and take the stuff at bed time. I have also had the same success from taking 2000mg of Vitamin C powder daily. Both are water soluble substances and any excess your body doesn't need gets flushed by your body.
Aspirin if the pain is uncomfortable. It also helps with inflammation. Aloe Vera is the go to product for any kind of burns or itches. I recommend taking a bath rather than shower to help keep any pressure from the water hitting your skin. Hope this helps.
I'm a ginger, with very very very pale skin. So bad that I burn through car windows while driving. The strategy i have found to getting rid of sun burns is to follow: - get out of sun as soon as possible - put a aloe vera gel onto affected areas, I personally use a kind with pain relief in it or first apply a burn spray with pain relief in it. - DRINK WATER this is so important to the healing process, typically i double my water intake for a decent level of burn. This helps keep your skin hydrated and will help cool and repair the damage. - take off heavy clothing, and replace with freshly laundered thin, light clothes. (you don't want something that's been at the bottom of a drawer for months, it will have dust and other things on it.) - Lastly is to sleep. Not just a few hour nap, but really give yourself a 10 or so hour night, your body works while you sleep, and it has extra to fix since you've been sunburned so give it the chance to catch back up.
The only remedy that does any good is plain water, and it works like a charm. Keep a wet washcloth or towel covering the sunburn (or any other burn) for eight or ten hours. It will not peel, blister, hurt, or even be red. It will turn into a tan by the time you take the cloth off. And the only reason nobody knows this is that you can't make money off of it--but every other remedy (vinegar, aloe, etc.) only works because there is water in it.
I am a very, very fair skinned Irish girl. The only thing that I have found to prevent sunburn is a lotion or cream called Coola. You can find it on-line. It's expensive but it's also effective. I can be in the sun for at least four hours and not even turn pink.
i know this sounds weird but vinegar works wonders put a cup in a bath and fill the tub up and soak for ever long you want. oh before i forget you will smell like a Easter egg so a shower afterwards is a great idea.
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Aloe Vera Gel works well along with Aloe Vera Lotion but if you are wanting to get rid of your sunburn really quickly take a vinegar bath and soak in it for 30 minutes to an hour. That will most definitely get rid of your sunburn! Then, apply lotion to your body where the sunburn was so you don't peel and can keep the after tan from the sunburn.
Im russian, british and italian so i don't burn easily but when i rarely do i mix my favorite Hawaiian Tropic Aloe Vera Gel with my favorite lotion (L'Occitane Shea Butter) and apply on the spot every few hours. it relives pain and helps it heal faster.