August 3, 2012

Say goodbye to sunburns

You shouldn’t get a sunburn if you are careful about using protective lotions and avoid staying in the sun at  inappropriate hours. But if the sun already damaged your skin, there are still a couple of things  you can do:

Drink plenty of water, to make sure your body replaces the lost fluids. Forget about beer or other types of alcohol, because they dehydrate even worst.

Moisturize your skin as soon as possible, so it regains some nutritive elements. Try to use after-sun lotions that contain aloe vera, they are very soothing and helpful for the irritated and burnt skin.

As nasty as it may sound, yoghurt is really effective when it comes to sunburns. Just make sure you put on your skin a layer of unflavored, cold yoghurt. It will relieve your skin rapidly.

If your whole body is in pain, you may need to tale an anti-inflammatory pill, to reduce swelling and lower fever. Ask the pharmacist about Ibuprofen, or search for professional medical advice.

Hydrocortisone ointment is also good to reduce swelling and pain, but it’s not suitable for use on large areas.  You can use it to treat sunburn, but only after talking to a pharmacist.

Photos: olivecocomag.com, venyve.com