Sunburn is an irritation of the skin caused by exposure to UV rays. To prevent sunburn, most of the time we are vigilant enough to apply sunscreen. Nevertheless, there are times we are not able to apply sunscreen to every spot of our skin, or worse, we step out without applying the sunscreen at all. Sunburns are even more severe during the summer because there is less air space to obstruct the sun’s rays.

Well, here are some safe remedies or ways you can treat a sunburn

Take a cool shower

It is irrefutable that the first thing we would all do after spending quite some time in the sun is take a shower. But keep in mind that sunburn irritates your skin; therefore, we are advised that even while taking a bath, we should use a mild soap that won’t cause a stinging effect on the skin. Once you're done with the shower, apply a moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying up.

Apply a moisturizer

It is preferable to use a moisturizer to speed up the healing process. This is because it subdues the pain and irritation, and in cases where your skin starts peeling off, it becomes less visible.

Take painkillers.

Painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin have been proven by medical practitioners to help soothe the pain and discomfort that comes with sunburn.

Apply a soothing cream

For a not-so-severe sunburn, you can buy an over-the-counter cream called hydrocortisone cream and apply it to the injured area three times a day for three days. For better and faster results, you can always refrigerate the cream before administering it.

Drinking water

Drinking plenty of water enables you to stay hydrated, hence consequently lessening the pain and discomfort derived from the sunburn

Resist popping blisters

The intensity of sunburn damage is usually not the same among different individuals. For extreme damage, blisters might even end up appearing on the skin. In cases where this happens to you, it is best that you avoid popping the blisters. You risk getting an infection if you break the blisters. In cases where this occurs without your initiating it, it is prudent that you clean the area gently with water and then apply an antibiotic ointment to it.

If the remedies listed above don’t reduce the discomfort and irritation, then it is appropriate that you seek medical attention immediately

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