How To Treat Sunburn

woman with sunburn on face

Winter is finally a thing of the past, and after these challenging few months in various stages of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all more than ready to get out and about and soak up those warming rays.

We’ve all heard plenty about the potential harm from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, and have had more than our fair share of education about the need to protect our skin with good quality, broad spectrum sunscreen products. And somehow, despite the awareness and education, and doing the due diligence by applying that recommended sunscreen, many of us will still come in after a day at the beach or the lake, or even just a long walk in the park with the dog or the kids and realize a few hours later that WE’VE GOT A SUNBURN. It might be a result of the well-applied sunscreen that wore off from time, sweat, or swimming. Or it may be an area that was overlooked or too hard to reach.  It’s happened to the best of us at least once. And for too many of us, we didn’t even learn our lesson the first time, and we let it happen again.

Unfortunately, once you’ve got burned, Mother Nature’s got to do her part. So, while waiting for time and Mother Nature to do their thing, here are 7 simple ways to help your scorched skin:

  • Cool it—Take a cool/cold bath or shower if you can handle the feeling of the water on the burn, or apply cool compresses made of soft wet towels on the burned area
  • Cream it —Apply a rich moisturizing cream to help soothe the charred skin and keep it nourished. Hustle Butter’s CBD Luxe is a great all-natural, vegan option that can also help relieve pain and inflammation
  • Water it—Stay hydrated because the burn can cause your body to overheat and dehydrate, and drinking plenty of water helps your skin repair
  • Cover it—Protect the burned, sensitive skin while it’s healing by wearing loose, soft clothing to keep it covered
  • Don’t Touch it—Leave blistering skin alone to peel and heal on its own. Don’t pick or peel it, as tempting as it may be!
  • Supplement—Take a daily dose of Vitamin E. and Turmeric. They are natural antioxidants and also help with inflammation
  • #Stayhome—Sorry, at this point, staying inside is probably the last place you want to be after being cooped up these last few months. Till the worst of the burn fades, the air conditioning and shade will help keep you more comfortable in the short term

Bottom line—sunburns are extremely painful. Time heals all wounds. It’s cliche, but it’s the truth. 

 

About the author: Yaffa Baslaw (@yadeinu) is a Freelance Writer with over a decade of experience copywriting and blogging compelling content. She has written for more than 20 companies in the fields of healthcare, skincare, and retail.