Getting a sunburn is one of the few things that can kill the summer fun. Suffering from redness and pain after overstaying in the sun is actually not pleasant. And in the worst case, you could even experience blistering, dehydration, and fever. Once we experience sunburn we immediately look for some soothing lotions and creams to provide us with a relief. But along with applying cooling lotions to heal the burn, there are many other things you can do that will make the sunburn go away faster. Here are 7 easy yet effective tips on what to do after getting sunburn.
1. Don’t Wear Tight Clothes: If you get a sunburn you need to wear comfortable clothes and avoid any tight clothes that stick to the skin as they can make the situation worse. Wearing tight clothes could lead to more intense swelling and blisters.
2. Stay Hydtared: Just being in the sun can trigger dehydration, but because you can lose water through damaged skin, sunburns can dry you out even more. So you need to drink extra water, juices, and sport drinks to stay hydrated. Alcohol’s dehydrating effects won’t help you heal any faster.
3. Don’t Use Makeup To Cover the Affected Areas: you may try to cover the sunburned area with makeup, but that definitely is a bad idea. Because if you want the burn to heal faster, you should let your skin breathe not to cover it with make-ups.
4. Use Ice: Apply a towel-wrapped ice pack to the affected area for quick relief. Leave it on for five minutes, then reapply a few times a day as needed.
5. Don’t Popp Your Blisters: You should never pop blisters. That extra bubble of skin serves a very important purpose in protecting the wound. If a blister hurts really badly, apply a cream-based unscented aloe vera.
6. Rinse With Cool Water: Because many sunburns aren’t just marked by redness but swelling as well, a cool shower or bath can sooth the skin by reducing inflammation. Just hold the bath fizz and the fragrance, and opt for a soothing oatmeal- or soy-based soap instead. And before turning up the temperature, remember that hot water can dry out the skin — particularly chlorinated water in hot tubs.