Monday, May 2, 2011

How to Treat a Sunburn

This is my Mom's little voice inside my head. The voice I didn't hear on Saturday morning...
I just love being outdoors during Spring! I love the sun, and the warmth.. but I'm not so crazy about the inevitable sunburns. I told y'all that I got burned badly at the car show this weekend, but I don't think you understand just how bad. Anyways, once you've acquired your horrible sunburn.. how do you soothe it? Well... you have several options!

If you already have an aloe plant, now would be an opportune time to benefit from one of it's leaves. Cut down the length of a leaf and open it to reveal the inner, clear, gelatinous part. Squeezing the leaf gently, rub it on your sunburn. If you don't have an aloe plant, over the counter aloe gel will work, too. However, with a plant you know exactly what you're putting on your burn. But, I mean, I understand not everyone has an aloe plant. (I don't!)

If you're sunburned on your shoulders (like me!) cute off-the-shoulder tops and bandeaus will quickly become your new best friends! At any rate, wearing loose, comfy cotton clothes with minimal seams will help you be more comfortable. Man-made fabrics, like polyester, can be very harsh on your irritated burn.

If you are having a slight fever, headache or chills, use an anti-inflammatory medicine like aspirin for relief. Aspirin should only be used by people 16 and older. Children under 16 should be given ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Taking lukewarm baths or showers can help relieve the fire and sting from your burn. Oatmeal in your bath can help soothe your skin, and so can green tea bags. The tannin in the tea can help alleviate pain and reduce redness.

Remember to use your water filters and reusable bottles!
Drink lots of fluids! Water, juices, sports drinks, or anything else you like... Just make sure you're hydrating. Having a sunburn can make you dehydrated easily.

Using a damp washcloth and skim milk, create a compress for your sunburned areas. The coolness from the compress will alleviate any initial stinging you have and the protein in the milk will form a protective film on your skin that helps ease discomfort after the compress has been removed.

And.. if none of these remedies are working for you.. you can always go with the ultimate in sunburn relief...

Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that helps numb your sunburn and provide cooling relief. However, don't make the mistake I did and apply it to your entire body after I suffered a full body tanning bed burn.. I ended up wearing like 4 layers of clothes and under every blanket and comforter that I owned.. shivering and crying. It was awful. But this will ease your discomfort. Also remember, lidocaine gel is blue and aloe vera gel is green. :)

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Well, I hope this helps you if you have a sunburn! I didn't know about the skim milk compress. I'll definitely be trying that tonight!

♥ M


  1. Oh no, sunburn is the worst!! Every time I get burnt I can hear my mums voice in my head telling me off haha. Great tips though, I am very fond of the aloe vera! x

  2. Thanks! I know. I was SO stupid. I can't believe sunscreen completely slipped my mind! ♥

  3. This is REALLY helpful! :) Love your blog design.