The typical beach scenario, you were diligent, continuously re-applying sunscreen all day, but repeatedly missed one spot. Or you went in for a refreshing swim, came back to stretch out on your beach blanket, fell asleep forgetting to re-apply because you felt cooled by the ocean. Another mishap; during your 8 hour hike the sun didn’t feel that strong, in fact it was mostly overcast, so there wasn’t much of a reason to apply any sunscreen…. Or worse, the sunscreen you were using was expired—by two years ago : (
The result a painful red sunburn.
Every move, every breath, every scratch is like a lit match on your skin.
We’ve all been there. I always forget to put sunscreen on my ears! They always burn.
What can you do to quickly soothe your skin and get pain relief?
Here are some go to options:
1-Mix water and baking soda, put in a spray bottle. Spray as need, allow the inflamed skin to air-dry.
2-Take a cooling bath with 1 cup of either apple cider vinegar (ACV) or white vinegar as it’s an excellent astringent to soothe your skin from sunburn pain.
3-Wrap an ice pack in a *cotton dish towel (thinner material and skin protective), apply to sunburned skin as often as possible to reduce swelling. The ice will absorb the heat and constrict blood vessels. Try a *wrapped frozen bag of peas, it works really well.
Foods in Your Kitchen for Immediate Relief:
First make sure to HYDRATE, I can’t stress this enough, your skin, your cells are already in an inflamed state, drink clean water with some Himalayan sea-salt to boost the trace minerals and electrolytes. Enjoy fresh cut watermelon or coconut water, which are full of electrolytes. And NO ALCOHOL as it’s very dehydrating, don’t add more problems to your sunburn!
1. Cornstarch - mix with water, make a paste, apply onto sunburn skin (anti-inflammatory).
2. Yogurt (plain) - slather onto the red skin, sit or lay down to get some pain relief.
3. Lettuce - boil a bunch of lettuce leaves, let the water cool, then strain the water from the leaves. Use a clean wash-cloth or use cotton balls to apply the cooled lettuce water on inflamed skin, a helpful analgesic.
4. Cucumbers - slice them or mash them to create a paste. Put the cucumbers in the refrigerator to chill, apply everywhere that’s needed as cucumbers have antioxidant and analgesic (pain relieving) properties.
5. Potatoes - slice them or boil and mash, allow them to cool. Apply the sliced or mashed potatoes to painful areas of the skin, the starch will draw out the heat and increase healing.
Rinse all foods/products off your skin with a cool (not cold) shower. Note, taking a cold shower can actually increase the heat of your sunburn, also affecting your normal basal temperature.
Another option, if you don’t want to go through all that labor, my Cool It Down aloe spray will help you feel better so that you get back to enjoying your vacation and fun times. I keep mine in the refrigerator as the additional cool sensation feels very soothing and refreshing after hours out in the sun!
When to seek medical care.
Severe sunburn is referred to as sun poisoning and may include skin burning and blistering, fluid loss (dehydration), electrolyte imbalance, vomiting, confusion, severe pain, tingling, fainting/dizziness and infection. If you experience these symptoms, don’t wait, go to the Emergency Room immediately.
Sunburns can really dampened your fun time and vacation. Make smart choices and practice mindfulness as it will save your skin, your health and valuable heartfelt time with family and friends.
If you DO get sunburned remember to stay out of the sun, hydrate and allow TIME for healing.
I hope you found this sunburn care helpful, I’d love for you to share with others.