How To Treat a Sunburn

How To Treat a Sunburn

This weekend was great!  The weather has been fantastic and the outdoor events in the Brainerd Lakes area do not disappoint.   But one thing that comes with being fair skinned is Sunburn!  I have had so many sunburns in my lifetime it impossible to know how much trouble I might face as I get older.  This weekend while tailgating with my church I suffered a pretty fierce sunburn due to my sunblock sweating away… and I didn’t take time to re-apply.  (This of course was a mistake—and I should know better)  But what now?  How should I go about soothing my sunburn?  Well I found a great guide online today and it rings true with my 55 years of sunburn experience, so I share it with you in case you’re in the same boat.  Here’s the highlights.

  • Put a cold, damp towel on your skin. (I’ve also used Noxzema with great affect as well…  the cool feel will get the heat out of the sunburn)
  • Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy to help soothe sunburned skin.
  • Take some ibuprofen if the sunburn really hurts. 
  • Drink extra water. (re-hydration)
  • Leave blisters alone. (This is really good advice…will keep the peeling to a minimum)
  • If you feel sick you might need to go to a doctor.
  • Take extra care to protect sunburned skin while it heals. (You don’t want to burn further)

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Here’s a classic sunburn…..