05 August 2008

Sunburn is condition that occurs to skin that has been overexposed to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. It can be in winter or in summer, on land or on water. Too much time in the sun without protection can result in heightened sensitivity, redness, pain, and even blisters.

Some people think once burned it can't get worse. It can and it does! If you couldn't feel it, your dead skin would start falling off!

Many people fail to realize that sunburn can occur even when the temperature is mild, and even on days that aren't particularly sunny. Sunburn can cause problems later in life, from wrinkles to serious skin conditions. Using sunscreen every time you go outdoors will help protect your skin from damaging UV rays.


Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera comes highly recommended . This healthful moisturizer is frequently used for sunburn and is applied to the affected areas of the skin as a rub to re-moisturize the dried and burnt surfaces.
  • Break open a leaf and remove the gel contained inside.
  • Apply it to the sunburn to help soothe the burn, and to moisturize and protect the skin.
  • Repeat as often as you like.
You can also purchase aloe vera creams or ointments or mild lotion before bed at night to help keep the skin moisturized.


Apricot

  • Peel and mash 3-4 apricots.
  • Apply the mix on face or at the skin burned and leave on for 15 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Take a long shower adjusting the water to almost cool temperature then gently tap it to absorb the water, Do not rub it ! as this will increase the irritation.

Vinegar

  • Use a clean spray bottle and fill it up with vinegar. The smell wil disappear from your skin after about an hour.
  1. Spray the vinegar only on your sunburned parts!
  2. Let it drip and dry. DO NOT RUB!
  3. If the sunburn severe, spray lightly again on sunburned area after a few minutes.
  4. After vinegar is dry, get dressed.
  • Wear comfortable clothes which are not tight or covering sunburned area(s) if possible. The sunburn needs to be exposed to air and not covered.

Moisturizers
  • A skin moisturizer can be applied to sun burned areas to cool and sooth the painfully itchy malady.
  • Baby oil is a good moisturizer but don’t use it in the sun or it may help fry you further.

Unguentine


Unguentine is used to treat the ache and itchiness of sunburns. There are other brand name and store brand treatments you may want to ask your pharmacist about. Mycetracin or other multiple healing ointments may help to speed healing though you will want to ask your pharmacist to be sure.


Preventing further sunburn while you heal.

To protect the eyes and the area around the eyes, try placing thin slices of fresh cucumber over closed eyelids when lounging in the sun. The cucumber will absorb all the ultraviolet light and keep the eyes safe and cool.

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