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7 Effective Ways To Treat Sunburn, Because We All Make Mistakes

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The weather has been absolutely gorgeous lately. With the sun shining so brightly, of course we want to spend more time outside. Swimming, going to the beach, riding your bike through the park, all great outdoor activities, but a lot of us aren’t as careful as we should be while doing them. I get it, we’re human. Humans make mistakes, and sometimes we don’t reapply our sunscreen when we should. Things could get a little crispy after that, and rather painful. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded sunburn.

While having sunburn definitely puts a damper on your mood and any cute strapless outfits you were planning on wearing, there are steps you can take to alleviate the discomfort and help the healing process speed up.


1. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is one of the most well-known remedies for sunburn. The gel found in the plant has healing properties that soothe the discomfort caused by a bad sunburn. You can either find a product with aloe as the main ingredient or cut a leaf directly from the plant and extract the gel that way.


2. Epsom Salt

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Epsom salts have anti-inflammatory properties that help speed up the healing process. It also detoxes the skin. You can either take an Epsom salt bath or mix the salt with water in a bottle and apply regularly.


3. Apple Cider Vinegar

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ACV is pretty much the cure for every ailment known to man. Applying ACV to the afflicted area may sting a little, but it will lessen the duration of the burn. Cut it with water before application, as it will burn a lot in its natural state.


4. Moisturize.

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The reason sunburn starts to itch and flake is because the burned skin is dehydrated. You can avoid this annoying side effect by keeping the area moisturized. If you really want to heal the area fast, use coconut oil as your moisturizer.


5. Ice it.

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When your sunburn flares up, icing it will help alleviate the discomfort and reduce swelling.


6. Stay hydrated.

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What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it. In the same way, you need to keep your skin moisturized when healing a sunburn, keeping your body hydrated will speed up the process and minimize irritation.


7. Let it breathe.

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Don’t cover the burn with tight clothing made with artificial fibers. Allowing the afflicted area to breathe is not only more comfortable, but it allows the skin to heal itself more quickly.

Always remember to apply sunscreen, especially after recovering from a burn.

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