It’s easy to fall out of your normal rhythm when you’re on vacation. Checking email gets harder to do, hitting the gym is less instinctive, and forgetting to reapply sunscreen throughout the day is easier when there’s a beach volleyball game to win. But just because you’re spending more time in the sun doesn’t mean you should pay for it with your skin’s health. Read on if you are currently experiencing sunburn and need some quick DIY remedies to help you feel better!
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water is key to helping your skin function normally when it’s not damaged, so it’s even more important when it’s burned. Pass on the tequila and opt for more water to keep your skin’s ability to heal at the optimal level. Avoiding other dehydrating factors like salty foods will keep the water working where it needs to, as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar
After a cool shower, some people swear by the benefits of a little apple cider vinegar to help sunburned skin heal faster. If you’re able to, forgo the soap as you shower. This is because soap can actually aggravate the skin when it’s in a damaged state. After you get out, spray yourself with apple cider vinegar with a spray bottle, or soak a few cotton pads and gently swipe them across your sunburned skin. Let the apple cider vinegar dry and then go about your day.
Baking soda might help with the pain of sunburn and the redness that comes with sunburn, too. Dissolve ¼ cup of baking soda into a lukewarm bath and soak yourself for fifteen minutes. Pat your skin dry (gently), and repeat once more later in the day if it helps you feel better.
Sunburns are certainly no fun, but they can also increase your risk of developing skin cancer down the road. Practice safe skin care by wearing protective sunglasses, hats, and even clothing during the hottest parts of the day. Call us at (972) 608-0808 to schedule a consultation about sunburn and how to perform skin cancer checks.