How To: Battle July 4th Sunburn

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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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