How to Heal Sunburns Quikly

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We all know how important sunscreen is, but sometimes we forget or we don’t reapply it often enough, and we get a sunburn. Here’s how to manage the problem …

Cool down

For temporary relief from the pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication, but a cool bath is a good remedy. You can also try dipping a cloth into ice water and apply it to the burn repeatedly.

Drink water

Dehydration is a potential consequence of sunburn, so make sure you drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to replace lost fluids. Avoid dehydrating beverages such as alcohol and coffee.

Rehydrate the skin

Use a richly-hydrating cream while your skin is still wet from a bath to trap in moisture.

Avoid the sun

When you’re sunburned, your body’s ability to regulate temperature is compromised, so stay out of the sun, and also avoid getting too cold. If you’re outdoors, cover up and always wear a hat.

Don’t burst blisters

If your sunburn has caused blisters, avoid bursting them and picking at them. They are the body’s natural way of healing itself. Tell your dermatologist if you get blistered as this increases skin cancer risk.