How To Treat Sunburn

How To Treat Sunburn

Sunburn is the bane of summertime, thwarting tans and forcing people to cover up. It can happen at any time of the year though, because it is the exposer to the ultra-violet rays of the sun that cause

Spending long hours on the beach can be real fun. But if you forget the sunscreen, your skin is bound to bear the brunt of over exposure to the sun.  Working in the garden for long hours under broad sunlight can also cause serious sunburns. Trekkers and hikers need to take care of this too.Sunburns are very common after spending long hours under bright sunlight. Some may tolerate the UV rays of the sun, but many often experience moderate to severe effects of sunburn like redness of the skin, formation of blisters, pain, mild fever, chill and nausea.The UV rays of the sun can wreak havoc if you are out for a long time on a bright sunny day without any suitable protection. You should take due care of your sunburned skin as negligence can cause serious skin damage.

How To Treat Sunburn

Mild sunburns can be treated by self care at home. If the discomfort persist after self care, you should seek medical consultation.

Cold Water Treatment

Cold water treatment is best for any type of burn and is equally effective in treating sunburn. Immerse the affected areas in cold water for 15-20 minutes. You can also have a cold water shower for 15 minutes after staying out for long in the sun.Cold water soothes the skin and prevents peeling and dryness of the skin. You can also apply ice packs to reduce the effects of sunburn. Never rub your skin while wiping, but pat it dry with a soft towel.

Moisturize With Cocoa Butter

Your sunburned skin requires enough hydration. Apply cocoa butter moisturizer in generous amounts on the affected areas including your face. Moisturizers reduce the pain and redness and prevent peeling of the skin. Cocoa butter moisturizer is the best for treating sunburns.

Apply Aloe Vera

Everybody is aware of the health benefits of this herb including its usefulness in various skin treatments. Crush fewAloe Vera leaves and apply the gel on the sunburned areas of the body including your face. The anti-inflammatory property of this naturally available soothing gel provides quick relief from the symptoms of sunburn.

Rose Water

This treatment is very useful in treating a sunburned face, but you can apply it on other affected areas too. Take a big bowl full of ice cold water and add 10-15 drops of rose water in it. Wet a cotton ball in this water and dab it on your face.


have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties. Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected sunburned areas including the face. Cucumber also can be soothing for peeling skin following a sunburn.

Essential Oils

Try essential oils of lavender, chamomile and sandalwood to treat the pain and redness of sunburned skin. Add 20 drops of any one of these oils in your bathing water and immerse yourself in it for about half an hour.

  Foods To Treat Sunburn

Take plenty of fluids to treat sunburn. Drink sufficient water and milk. Take foods rich in Vitamin C, zinc and beta carotene. These will help in a speedy recovery of your sunburned skin.

Apply, reapply

To get the most out the SPF (sun protection factor) of your sunscreen, apply it 30 minutes before you even go outside. Don’t neglect sensitive areas like your ears, the back of your neck and shoulders, and the backs of your legs and arms. If you’re sweating or swimming, reapply as needed. Don’t get too big for your britches when you’ve been cooking yourself on the beach all day and haven’t gotten burned. A sunburn doesn’t truly set in until 24 hours after sun exposure, and chances are you’ll be feeling the consequences of not covering up later.

Cool Compress

To reduce inflammation and pain associated with sunburn, you can apply cold compresses on the affected area. Cold compresses cause the tiny blood vessels to constrict, which in turn will reduce inflammation

.Wrap a handful of ice cubes in a damp cloth.Hold the compress over the affected area as long as it is cool.Apply several times a day as needed to relieve discomfort