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Ways To Treat A Sunburn

By Maria Cole

Staying under the sun can be a lot of fun. However, prolonged exposure can be extremely hazardous to your health. Sunburns can result from inadequate preparation. If you get this often, you double your chances of acquiring skin cancer later. How do you deal with this?

First, keep in mind that it is far better to take a few, simple steps to prevent sunburn than to deal with the days of pain later. To prevent sunburn, stay out of the sun. If you cant do this, use a good sunscreen to protect your skin. There are many sunscreen products on the market today that come with different types of SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Choose one with a higher SPF for maximum protection. An SPF of 45 or higher is best if you have a fair complexion. Waterproof sun block is also available so you can enjoy water sports. Don’t forget to wear a hat and loose clothing to block the suns rays.

For pain, look for aloe or a similar cooling agent. You can get this affordable remedy at several stores. Pick one with aloe as the major ingredient and look at the expiration date since aloes healing abilities diminish with time. When applied quickly, aloe will change your sunburn into a tan with less peeling of the dead skin or none whatsoever. If you want to save a bundle, find an aloe vera plant and split open a leaf. Use the gel on the sunburn to heal the burn and moisturize the skin.

A cool shower can also reduce heat and make you more comfortable. Soak in the water and rinse gently. Never use soap on burned areas since this can remove natural oils that can help your skin heal. After bathing, wear loose clothes and stay out of the sun until your sunburn heals. If you like, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For stronger pain relief, consult a physician.

Finally, always drink lots of water to prevent dehydration. Avoid alcoholic beverages since they may make dehydration worse. If you choose to sunbathe, do it wisely. Alternatively, if you use a tanning bed, make sure that the bed is of high-quality and properly maintained.

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Cole, Maria "Ways To Treat A Sunburn." Ways To Treat A Sunburn. 7 Aug. 2010. uberarticles.com. 17 Jul 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/ways-to-treat-a-sunburn/>.

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