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The Best Remedies for Sunburn

Sunburn is the result of overexposure to the sun. The sun’s rays are full of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and that is what actually cause the burn. A sunburn can happen in a relatively short time period. It can even happen on cloudy and overcast days. It is important to stay vigilant about skin exposure. The sun seems to be strongest between 10:00 in the morning and 2:00 in the afternoon. Avoiding exposure during those hours or limiting the amount of time spent in the sun can decrease the risk of sunburn.

The number one symptom of sunburn is the inflammation of the skin which causes it to turn anywhere from a light pink to a deep red. Sunburn can be mild to quite severe and can be very uncomfortable. The skin often feels tight and very sensitive to the touch. It can be somewhat difficult and very painful to move around when someone has a sunburn. Frequent exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds can also lead to sun poisoning and permanent skin diseases like cancer. That’s why it is very important to protect one’s skin from getting too much exposure to UV rays. Fortunately, there are ways to protect against sunburn and to soothe the burn while it heals.

One of the best ways to protect skin from sunburn is to limit exposure to the sun. Spending short amounts of time in the sun can lessen the chances of skin damage. Using a barrier method such as clothing can also lessen the chance of damage from the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing a hat to protect the scalp and face is a good way to help protect against overexposure to the sun. Using sunscreen is one of the most common options. Sunscreen must be applied to the skin before sun exposure and usually quite frequently during time in the sun, especially when people swimming or perspiring a lot. It is not a foolproof way to completely protect the skin, but if used correctly it can certainly help.

There is no magic cream that will cure a sunburn. The condition usually resolves itself within a few days, depending on the severity of the burn. In the meantime, there are many treatments that can help alleviate the uncomfortable side effects that result from a sunburn. Aloe Vera is one of the most widely recognized ways to soothe the skin. There are many types of lotions that have aloe in them. Some people just use the juice from the leaves of the aloe plant and rub it onto the affected areas. Spraying vinegar on the affected areas is also a well known home remedy. You can also soak a washcloth in vinegar and apply it to the skin that way. Some people have claimed that yellow mustard works as well. Mixing skim milk and water and applying that with a compress is another option. 

Another way to ease irritation is to sit in a cool bath. Be sure not to add any bath salts or soap to the water because that can actually further dry out the skin. Using fragrance free lotions and avoiding shaving and abrasive clothing can also help sooth the skin. To protect against dehydration be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Of course, people with sunburns should also limit further exposure to UV rays and stay out of the sun.

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