How To: Battle July 4th Sunburn

    Posted in Dating, Lifestyle

July 4th is all about boozing, BBQing and baking in the sun. Today, most of us are regretting the hamburgers and hotdogs we ate, nursing a wicked hangover from all those ice cold beers and probably sporting a nice red glow. If you laid out at the beach for too long or forgot to put on sunscreen period, here are a few ways for you to battle your sunburn and maybe even end up with a tan in the end.

1. Water: Sunburn is basically your skin’s hangover. Your skin is dehydrated so you need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! On average you should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water. Call it the 8 to 8 rule. Coconut water is another option and a great source of electrolytes.

2. Take a Cold Shower or Bath: Now you don’t have to go as far as filling your tub with ice, but taking a cold shower will help soothe your skin. Besides on a scorching hot summer day there’s no better way to cool off. When you get out make sure to let yourself air dry. Rub a bit of lavender or chamomile oil as well as they are anti-inflammatories.

3. Aloe Vera:  Meet your new best friend: He’s green, sticky, and smells kind of nice.  It feels weird to be covered in a goopy, green gel but Aloe Vera is one of nature’s gifts to us. Aloe Vera contains nutrients and anti-inflammatory agents that cool the skin and relieve pain.

4. Old Wives Tales: If you’ve tried the first three steps above and want to try a few new remedies. Here’s a few I found that are not so conventional and sometimes if downright weird. Pat yourself down with potatoes, rub tomato juice on your sunburn, honey (you’ll be a bit sticky), baking soda in the tub. Happy relieving!

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