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Summer’s Last Hoorah: How to Fix Sunburn

The summer clock is ticking.  Some of you, hell bent to squeeze every drop out of summer, will inevitably suffer at least one more sunburn.  Here are some remedies that can help cool that burn.  Some of these, you might actually have in your fridge already.

If you get a sunburn, treat it like a burn from the stove.  Get cold water on it right away.  Now, splashing your face repeatedly with cold water might not sound like a treat.  It’s labor intensive and you might have guilt about wasting all that water.

Grab the milk out of the fridge and go get a clean dry wash cloth or face cloth.  Soak the face cloth in the milk and apply to your body or face like a cold compress.  Keep re-soaking the cloth with cold milk until the heat has left your skin.  Unless you are dairy intolerant, this DIY treatment for sunburn should be beneficial to pretty much everyone.

Or, grab a cucumber.  Slice it thinly and refrigerate the slices.  Keep applying cold cucumber rounds until the heat comes out of your skin.

100% pure aloe vera gel is very effective at healing burns.  I always keep my bottle in the fridge.  Apply, apply, apply.  If you have the plant, break some leaves off and put them in the fridge.

After the aloe leaves or cuke slices aren’t cool, put them back in the fridge to be used again, until they are completely used up or your burn is the same temperature as the rest of your body.

If you are in a lot of pain, you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to take the edge off.  If you are sweating profusely, very cold, nauseated or feverish or if the skin is blistering, head straight to a doctor.

If it’s just a typical sunburn, all three of these treatments are very affordable and easy to use and effective for treating sun burn.  If you don’t have any on hand, get cold water on the sun burn until the skin is normal temperature.  Then you can get to work on getting that skin healed up.  And then you can get to work on learning your lesson so you don’t get burned again!

Cherise Arnesen

Cherise Arnesen developed Therapie® Silk and Bamboo Pillowcase from her work in skincare. Cherise owns a skincare business in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She loves sleep, skincare and wellness.

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