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You’ve Got a Sunburn - Now What?

It’s the start of summer - finally! And now you’ve found yourself sunburnt after a weekend out in the sun, and maybe forgetting to wear sunscreen? It’s okay we won’t tell anyone. Or maybe this is the first time in your life that you’ve ever experienced a sunburn. Well in case you’ve forgotten how to treat your sunburn or you’re a sunburn novice, we’ve got tips for you below!

 

  1. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, once inside you should take cool showers or baths frequently to try to relieve some of the pain and discomfort. Once you get out of the shower, be sure to gently pat yourself dry, but also leave some water on your skin so that when you apply moisturizer it will help trap some of the water into your skin and prevent dryness. 
  2. Apply aloe vera or lotion with calamine to help soothe the skin.
  3. If there is pain, swelling, and discomfort, take aspirin or ibuprofen.
  4. If the skin blisters, it means that you have a second degree burn. Don’t pop the blisters or they can become infected! Let the blisters heal over time.
  5. If going outside, make sure to cover the sunburnt skin with clothing. 
  6. Lastly, make sure to drink lots of water! This will help prevent dehydration. 

It’s also recommended by the Mayo Clinic that within a fews days when the sunburnt area begins to peel, it’s important to continue to moisturize and treat the peeling area gently. This is the body’s way of getting rid of the top layer of damaged skin. 


Let’s hope for a sunburn free summer!

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