Tips to Protect you from Beach Sunburn

by Sharon Hopkins


Heading to the beach with your friends is an ideal way to relax and enjoy life. The sun, sand, and surf all sound perfect, but too much sun can ruin all your fun as you could get sunburns that will leave you looking red and feeling extremely uncomfortable. The best advice is to always use a good sun block when you are heading out, especially to the beach. It is also considered a good option to always wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face from getting burnt. But just in case you do get burnt, here are some tips to relieve the sunburn.

Tips for Sunburn Relief

  • Soak clean towels in some water then put them in the freezer until they're cold. Press them down gently on the areas that have been burned. You could also use ice cubes if you wish to. Repeat it as many times till you feel better.
  • Milk is a good option to try and soothe the burnt area. Immerse a cloth in some cold milk then dab it on the affected area.
  • If you have an aloe vera plant in your garden, pluck a few leaves and obtain some gel by squeezing them. Apply this fresh aloe vera gel on the burns. You could also buy aloe vera gel and keep it in the refrigerator. Use it when necessary to ease the burns.
  • Another good option is to mix some baking soda in lukewarm water and stay soaked in it for some time.
  • You can also add uncooked oatmeal to tepid water and bathe with that water. Be careful while getting out as the oats can make the ground slippery.
  • Another bath option is to brew a few tea bags, then put the cooled tea and tea bags in a tub of warm water. Stay soaked in the water for around 15 minutes or so.
  • Mustard oil is effective in taking out the heat from sensitive areas and also reducing tans. Rub mustard oil over the affected area and let it stay on for some time.
  • Apply creams that have vitamin E in them if you have feel like scratching the burned area.
  • Sandalwood paste is another home remedy that works well to relieve itching and pain.
  • Moisturize your skin every day, as once the skin starts drying you will feel a lot of pain and itchiness in places where you were sunburnt.

If you do not have any reactions to aspirin, you can take a tablet to help with the swelling and soreness. The treatments for beach sunburns involve staying hydrated, wearing loose fitting clothes that won't affect the sensitive areas, trying some of home remedies listed above, applying an anti-inflammatory agent, trying to cool down the skin with ice, and staying out of the sun till the burns reduce. If the sunburn is very severe and causes symptoms like vomiting, fever, pain, and nausea, see your doctor immediately.

References:

  1. http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/actionsteps.html
  2. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003227.htm

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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