It's July and I've already had two sunburns.
I don't mean for it to happen, I just get caught up in enjoying the beautiful weather and, frankly, corona has me still in cabin fever-mode.
There are plenty of ways to treat a sunburn including applying aloe vera, which is my favorite, or treating the pain with pain relievers.
But, the most surprising way that I have recently learned about is by applying the wholesome drink our mothers insisted we drink constantly growing up - milk!
Apparently the proteins in the milk can soothe your common sunburn. It's a great thing to know especially since it's probably in your home right now and easy to apply with a paper towel soaked in cool milk.
If I still had my sunburns, I can just imagine how much relief that could instantaneously bring.
Other ways to treat a sunburn include:
- Take an NSAID pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin, to help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Apply hydrocortisone cream a few times a day for about a week.
- Cold compress (even using cold compress made of black or green tea leaves would be really great)
- Good ol' aloe vera
And, I'll just throw this in here because I can - don't use rubbing alcohol, butter or petroleum jelly. Those won't help you.
But, you can always avoid those sunburns all together by just putting on some sunblock. SPF 30+ is recommended. Oh, and wearing lots of sun-blocking clothes, too. That helps, too.