|Summer is a great time for outdoor fun, and with staying outdoors, comes the risk of sunburn. The extent of sunburn usually comes to notice hours after exposure. Sunburn, depending on the intensity, can take days to heal completely. There are a few home remedies for sunburn that can help ease the discomfort and prevent further inflammation.Get away from the sun immediately if you identify any signs of sunburn. Longer the exposure, greater is the impact and chances of sunburn blisters. Once indoors, you can try the following sunburn remedies to get some relief from the pain.
Dip a cloth in cold water or ice water and gently place it on sunburned areas for a few minutes. Repeat it several times a day to maintain a cooling effect. Do not apply ice directly to the sunburn or rub with cloth.
Take a Short Bath
As an alternative or complementary to cool compresses, take a short bath with cool water. Soap can be harsh and irritate the burns. Use mild soap, if necessary, and rinse it off thoroughly.
Adding a cup of white or apple cider vinegar to a tub of water can also aid in sunburn relief.
Add some oatmeal powder to cool water and apply on the burns. As an alternative, go for an oatmeal bath by adding oatmeal powder to the water.
You can also apply cornstarch-water paste or yogurt for a soothing effect. Soak tea bags in cool water and apply on sunburned eyelids.
Apply Sunburn Creams or Lotions
Use topical sprays or ointments, containing 1% hydrocortisone, to soothe the swelling and inflammation of sunburn rash. Aloe vera gels may also help in the healing process; you can check if you are allergic to aloe before applying.
It is also essential to regularly apply moisturizing lotions to prevent dryness of skin.
You can take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, to relive the pain.
Be Cautious with Sunburn Blisters
Severe sunburns can result in blisters over the exposed skin. Avoid breaking blisters, as it may lead to infection and delay the healing process.
If blisters break, gently wash the area with mild soap and water. Apply an antibiotic cream and cover it with a clean bandage.
Watch out for further itching or rash, as the cream may sometimes trigger a skin reaction.
Use Sunscreens as Precautions
Sunburned skin can take weeks to restore completely. Avoid going out under the sun as much as possible. Wear protective clothing and a hat if you do need to go out. Apply sunscreen on your face and exposed skin before heading out, even if it is overcast.
Remember, precaution is an important part of sunburn treatment.
An SPF 50 sunscreen lotion guards against up to 98% UVB radiation. Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide block ultraviolet A and B rays, ensuring greater sun protection.
Organic sunscreens contain natural or carbon based ingredients and can be an effective alternative.
Re-hydrate and Get Some Rest
Drink plenty of fluid, especially water, to beat dehydration and weakness that can accompany sunburn.
Adequate sleep is essential for the body to recover from the impact of sun. It can help overcome weakness and provide necessary rest to the organs after a hot day. It may be difficult to sleep with sunburns, so choose a comfortable mattress.
These are some of the home remedies you can try for sunburn cure. Summers are fun but take prevention seriously.