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Sunburn Relief: 13 Effective Tips For Treating Your Sunburn

Posted on July 06 2020

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Oops! You left the sunscreen at home or brought it but didn’t realize it was expired. And now your skin’s red and you’re in pain. Send sunburn relief, and send it quick!

There’s no magical potion for getting rid of sunburn, but there are several ways to ease the discomfort and care for your skin so that it heals as quickly as possible. We’re here to give you those tips!

Let’s not waste any more time — you’ve got sunburnt skin to tend to!

13 Tips For Sunburn Relief

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1) Cool Off

Your sunburnt skin is, well, burnt. You may even feel a bit hot or notice that your skin is warm to the touch. Staying cool is key!

One of the best ways to do so is to hop in a cool shower (or bath) or use cold compresses. To easily make a cold compress, soak a washcloth in ice water, wring it out, and lay it on top of your skin. (Ahh, sweet relief!)

The important thing to remember here is to not put ice directly on your skin! It can end up hurting your damaged skin even more. Cool water is the way to go.

2) Cleanse With Gentle Products

If you’ve opted for a cool shower, stay away from soaps and body washes that are full of harsh chemicals or irritating ingredients. Even the one you use every day might not jive with your burnt, extra-sensitive skin.

If your sunburn is particularly painful, you might want to skip soap entirely the first time you shower.

When you do lather up, go with a gentle, hypoallergenic cleanser, like Babo Botanicals’s Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Hydra Therapy Face & Body Wash.

Babo Botanicals’s Sensitive Skin Face & Body Wash for sunburn relief

Made with oatmeal, shea butter, and cocoa butter, this fragrance-free soap is specially made for sensitive skin or eczema-prone skin. It’s EWG Verified, sulfate-free, and helps your skin regain softness and comfort naturally!

3) Pat Dry, Don’t Rub

When you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry. Don’t rub! For the sake of your sunburn, always be as gentle as possible with your skin.

4) Soak In A Colloidal Oatmeal Bath

A good soak in a colloidal oatmeal bath is a common, natural remedy for itching, eczema, and the like.

The great news for your sunburn is that this type of bath can calm your toasted skin, especially if you find yourself with an itchy sunburn.

In fact, we believe in colloidal oatmeal so much that we use it in our Moisturizing Baby Lotion. It’s labeled a baby lotion, but this extra-gentle moisturizer is so good at soothing delicate and irritated skin we wouldn’t blame you for using it on the whole family!

To achieve sunburn relief from a colloidal oatmeal bath, start by grinding a few handfuls of oats in a clean blender or coffee grinder. Make sure the particles are ground finely enough that they don’t immediately sink to the bottom of the tub.

Run a bath of lukewarm water, add several cups of the ground oats, and voila! You have a colloidal oatmeal bath. Easy, right?

Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes to enjoy all the goodness that the oats have to offer your skin.

5) Apply After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel

Aloe plant for sunburn relief

Aloe is a well-known remedy for quick relief from the sting of a sunburn. It’s nature’s way of cooling and hydrating your skin after sun exposure.

With Babo Botanicals’s After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel, your skin will also enjoy the cooling and soothing effects of eucalyptus and green tea! Quick-absorbing and super-hydrating, this gel forms a protective barrier that helps retain moisture and promote skin healing.

Just what your dry, sun-damaged skin needs!

6) Take Ibuprofen

Sunburn can be painful — there’s no doubt about that. In addition to cool baths and aloe gel, take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen if you need more sunburn relief.

In addition to easing some of your discomfort, it can reduce inflammation and swelling from your sunburn, too. Ask your doctor if you’re not sure what medicine you can take.

7) Apply Hydrocortisone Cream

Speaking of medication, hydrocortisone cream can provide much-needed relief for itchy sunburns.

The American Academy of Dermatology says, “If a particular area feels especially uncomfortable, you may want to apply a hydrocortisone cream that you can buy without a prescription. Do not treat sunburn with ‘-caine’ products (such as benzocaine), as these may irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction.”

8) Don’t Pop Or Peel

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When you’ve gotten too much sun, your skin will likely start to peel in a few days. And, if your sunburn is severe, you can even develop sunburn blisters. The same advice applies to both peeling skin and blisters: don’t touch!

As much as you might want to, avoid peeling your skin. Instead, let it do its thing and the dead skin will slough off when it’s ready.

Similarly, if you have sunburn blisters, don’t pop them! A popped blister is more likely to get infected.

What should you do if you already popped a blister (oops!) or it opened up by itself? Apply antibiotic ointment and cover the area with a bandaid. Watch for signs of infection, such as red streaks or pus.

If you notice what you believe to be an infection, give your doctor a call right away.

9) Stay Out Of The Sun

Post-sunburn, your skin is damaged and extra-sensitive, so give it some sunburn relief by staying out of the sun for now.

If you have to be outside while you’re still recovering from your sunburn, apply sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and follow sun safety guidelines. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is both effective at warding off the rays of the sun and safe for your skin and your body.

A mineral sunscreen made with non-nano zinc oxide protects against both UVA and UVB rays without harsh, irritating, and harmful chemicals (like oxybenzone and octinoxate)!

Babo Botanicals’s Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is fragrance-free and formulated with skin-soothing certified organic oils, making it gentle on sensitive (or already-sunburned) skin and perfect for the whole family — little ones included!

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10) Choose Your Clothes Wisely

Depending on where you’ve been burned, the clothes you normally wear might rub uncomfortably against your sensitive skin.

While you’re recovering from your sunburn, choose light, loose clothing.

11) Drink Extra Water

In addition to leaving you with a red burn, the sun also dehydrates your skin in the process. Rehydrate from the inside-out by drinking plenty of water.

If you don’t normally guzzle those recommended eight glasses of water each day, now is the time to start!

12) Moisturize Your Skin

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Just as drinking water helps to moisturize your skin from the inside, applying lotion moisturizes your skin from the outside!

The Skin Cancer Foundation says, “While skin is still damp, use a gentle moisturizing lotion (but not petroleum or oil-based ointments, which may trap the heat and make the burn worse). Repeat to keep burned or peeling skin moist over the next few days.”

But don’t use just any lotion! Once again, right now you’ll need to be extra careful not to irritate your skin. People with sensitive skin benefit from fragrance-free, hypoallergenic products, and you can, too.

Try Babo Botanicals’s Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Daily Hydra Therapy Lotion to hydrate your parched skin.

This non-greasy and lightweight lotion contains two percent colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, sunflower oil, and sea buckthorn oil to relieve, soothe, moisturize, and heal your skin.

Expert tip for ultimate sunburn relief: stick your bottle of lotion in the fridge. Your chilled moisturizer will feel great on your hot skin!

13) Go Easy On Your Face

If your face has been kissed by the sun and then some, go easy on it.

Consider skipping your normal skincare products that can sting or irritate your already-inflamed skin (peels, exfoliants, etc.). For severe burns, you may want to pass on makeup for a couple of days, too.

Give your face some time to heal before going back to those products. And remember if you spend time outside, use a gentle, mineral-based facial sunscreen, like Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40.

So Long, Sunburn

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Even with the best of care, sunburns just happen. Your job now is to show your tender, red skin some extra TLC with the 13 tips we listed above!

With the right care, you can ease discomfort, soothe your skin, and help it to heal as soon as possible. Sunburn relief is in sight!

While your skin is healing, apply Babo Botanicals’s After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel to moisturize and calm your sunburn. Once you head back outside, avoid another sunburn faux pas by lathering up with Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. Your skin will thank you!

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