Spring has finally arrived! Trees are showing off their white, pink, and green colors as they begin to grow and blossom. However, pretty colors are not the only things that will stand out as spring starts to take full effect. According to the American Cancer Society, ultraviolet rays from the sun are stronger than usual during this long-awaited season, even before the temperature begins to rise. If you are only going outside for a few hours, and it seems to be quite cold, still put on sunscreen! Prevention is the best treatment for sunburn. In the event where you or one of your children becomes red as a result of sunburn, prevention cannot do anything for you. As a result, here is a list of home remedies that may help relieve the pain and redness.
- Stay hydrated. Since sunburn is simply the dehydration of your skin, drinking lots of fluids will aid in its rejuvenation.
- Apply a cold compress. This cools the skin immediately and replaces some of the moisture lost as a result of the burn.
- Take a cold shower. This is another way to supply your body with the hydration it needs while lessening the pain.
- Use an Aloe Vera gel. By moisturizing the skin, Aloe Vera helps to sooth, moisturize, and create a cooling sensation.
- Apply milk or yogurt. As weird as it may seem, these dairy products can soothe the skin by applying a protein-like film and moisturizing.
- Don’t pick! If sunburn starts to peel, resist the urge to scrape away at it as this will only lead to more discomfort.
As the summer months approach, get into the habit of applying sunscreen on yourself or your children whenever you plan to be in direct sunlight. Remember, prevention is always the best medicine!