Nearly everyone has experienced an awful sunburn at least once, and the healing process can take days and be uncomfortable. However, there are some simple ways to help speed up the healing process to alleviate symptoms and return back to your favorite outdoor activities! Remember, it’s important to reapply sunscreen often to avoid a sunburn, so make sure that you have a bottle of Coral Isles sunscreen in your beach bag, purse, or backpack. Oxybenzone-free and reef-friendly, our spray or lotion are the perfect everyday companions. Order yours now!
Take a Cool Bath
A sunburn is an inflammatory response that your skin has to too much UV radiation, which is why it’s so painful and has a “burned” feeling. One of the best ways to calm the itching and redness is to take a cool bath. Make sure it’s sans-soap or bubble bath though, because soap can strip your skin of moisture and make the itching and tight feeling worse. If you must use soap, opt for a gentle, fragrance-free formula and only use your hands to apply. A loofah or bath brush will be too harsh of your damaged skin. You can also add one cup of baking soda to your bath water, which is known to reduce inflammation.
Another way to reduce inflammation from the inside out is to take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. This is especially helpful if you’re having trouble sleeping because your skin hurts too badly. Make sure to follow the directions on the label, and consult your doctor if you’re taking any medications or prescriptions that could interfere.
Just like a cut or scrape, a sunburn heals faster when the skin is moisturized. Use a gentle lotion a few times a day to keep the skin moist, or you can use your favorite body oil as well. Just make sure that the moisturizer doesn’t have any added fragrance or active ingredients like salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acid, which could irritate the skin. Aloe vera gel is also a great way to moisturize the skin.
Stay Out of the Sun
While your burn is healing, make sure to stay out of the sun completely. If you do have to go outside, wear long-sleeves and pants and make sure to apply sunscreen to avoid further damage.
Know When to Call the Doctor
A minor sunburn can be treated at home and will almost always heal in a few days. However, there are some cases when you need to see a doctor. If your skin is blistered, discolored, purple, extremely itchy or if you’re experiencing fever, headaches, fainting, or weakness, it’s best to see your physician for proper medical care. While these cases are rare, they can be serious, so it’s best to be safe than sorry and contact your doctor if you feel like your sunburn isn’t healing properly or getting worse.
Sunburns can put a damper on your summer plans, so make sure to apply sunscreen every time you head outside. Don’t forget to stock up on your reef-friendly and oxybenzone-free Coral Isles sunscreen. Order yours now!