It’s horrible, it’s painful, and it’s probably going to happen to all of us at least once this summer… SUNBURN! As diligent with the sunscreen or cover-ups as you may be, sometimes the summer fun gets the best of us, leaving us hot, red, and crispy. But, rather than be in denial about the inevitability of a sunburn happening, it’s better to be prepared! Here are 7 simple ways to treat that sunburn when it strikes …
1. Get out of the sun & gently clean the burn
First things first, you’re going to want to be sure to get out of the sun. Once you’re in the safety of the shade or your own air-conditioned bathroom, take a little time to gently clean the burned area. In order for subsequent treatments to work, it’s best that the area be clean. But, be careful not to use any cleansers that are too harsh or ones that have too many ingredients or chemicals. We recommend using a gentle cleanser meant for simple, sensitive skin treatment like ProDermalin® Gentle Cleanser.
2. Moisturize & soothe
Once clean and ready for treatment, your skin will be craving some soothing moisture. Since its been burnt, your skin will be missing a lot of its natural moisture and hydration. That’s why it’s important to replenish your skin’s water and moisture content regularly with a calming and soothing moisturizer. Aloe is known to be a great sunburn treatment, so turn to a moisturizer that has aloe as a main ingredient. We recommend using another simple, sensitive skin treatment like ProDermalin® Calming Moisture.
3. Take aspirin or ibuprofen
Getting burnt is traumatic, so your skin will be reacting as your body naturally would to any other physical injury—with swelling and inflammation. Taking an over the counter aspirin or ibuprofen can help ease this.
4. Cool it down – ice it!
The aloe in your moisturizer will surely cool the skin. But, you may still be seeking some cooling relief even after application. To bring some coolness to the skin, and to help again with swelling and inflammation, put some ice on your burn. Just be careful and use a towel between your skin and the ice so as not to cause another form of burn on your skin… an ice burn!
5. Make sure you get some good rest
Your body does a lot for recovery and regeneration while you’re sleeping, especially your skin! After a long day in the sun, be sure to get a good night’s rest. It will do wonders for that sunburn! Beauty sleep is an extremely important step for achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin.
6. Keep it hydrated! And keep your body hydrated!
Your skin’s burn will continue to be dehydrated for a couple days after the initial sun exposure. Just as it was important to moisturize right after getting the burn, it’s important to keep your skin as hydrated and moisturized as possible. In fact, it’s important to keep your entire body hydrated, as it helps with normal healing and recovery. Make sure you’re hydrating your body by drinking plenty of water and fluids, and make sure you’re hydrating your skin with an effective hydrating cream or mask. Not sure what hydrating skincare product to use? There’s really only ONE product that effectively hydrates skin more than any other product on the market… Celloxylin® Moisture Extreme, Hydrating Mask with Activated Water™ will be your best friend for days, weeks, and beyond treating your sunburn!
7. Don’t let it happen again!
Obviously, dealing with a sunburn isn’t a fun experience. But, as time passes, you may forget just how painful and irritating it was. Don’t let that happen! The best way to treat a sunburn is to never let it happen in the first place. And, with all of the detrimental effects of sun exposure and burning on your skin, it’s best to just avoid it altogether.