The best home tips and remedies for sunburns

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The dreaded sunburn is hard to avoid in some cases. The onset can be so quick that you rarely see it coming. However, this does not take away from the severity of it. Not only is sunburn painful, with tight, hot skin giving way to peeling and blistering, but it is also bad for your long-term health. Even a single serious burn early on can double your lifetime risk of developing melanoma later in life.

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The best advice is to not get burned in the first place, and there are many resources to help you prevent sunburn. However, it is not always avoidable. This is why it is important that you know what to do when you are left with that irritating burn.

Take immediate action. As soon as you feel the first sting or notice red marks appearing on your body, it is important to take action. The sooner you start seeking treatment and the less you expose your skin to the sun, the better off you will be. If it is not possible to seek shelter or go inside, then cover bare skin with an extra layer of clothing. Most symptoms of sunburn take four to six hours to appear, so you could be more severely burned than you originally thought.

Hydrate your body. One of the best things to do if you are sunburned is to start drinking fluids. A sunburn actually draws fluid to the surface of the skin and away from your body. This leaves you with many of the undesirable effects of dehydration that include headache, thirst, dry mouth, dizziness and reduced urination. In the hours and days after sunburn, you should drink two or three times your normal fluid intake.

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Moisturize your skin. Regularly moisturizing your skin will help you feel better and promote healing. After taking a cool shower, you can apply moisturizer to the affected areas. A product with vitamin E or vitamin C can help. Check out this list for some of the best options.

Stay out of the sun. Obviously, you need to stay out of the sun during the days after you develop a burn. Although most people have no desire to hit the beach and sunbathe with sunburn, many do not understand the dangers of simply being outside. UV rays can penetrate your clothing and further irritate your vulnerable skin. The best thing is to stay inside and rest in a room with adequate window blinds and shades to prevent sunlight from entering the room. This will ensure your skin is fully protected from all sun exposure.

Take a pain reliever. If the pain is severe, you may want to consider taking a pain reliever. An over-the-counter NSAID, such as Advil, will help reduce swelling and redness while diminishing the severity of the pain.

Stay safe this summer. It is important to remember that the best treatment for a sunburn is to avoid it completely. By acting responsibly and taking proper precautionary measures, you can reduce exposure and significantly lower your risk of being affected. However, when the occasional sunburn sneaks up on you and leaves you with irritated skin, keep these tips and tricks in mind to soothe the pain and encourage healing.

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