If you live in Florida, you know that one of our state’s greatest gifts is our constant sunshine, but that very same gift can become a curse for some people after excessive exposure leads to sunburn. Once a sunburn occurs, the healing process can be long and arduous, but fortunately there are a few at-home treatments to keep on hand to promote the healing process and reduce symptoms.
Below are a few ways to shorten a sunburn recovery time:
Rub aloe vera lotion on the burned areas frequently. Aloe not only reduces the pain associated with the burn, but it also moisturizes the skin, reducing the chance of peeling. Some studies have even shown aloe to have healing properties that can help people recover from sunburns more quickly.
If aloe is not immediately available -
Drinking water is surprisingly critical to quick recovery from a sunburn. Sunburned people are more susceptible to dehydration, and being well hydrated helps the body heal faster, so people with a sunburn are encouraged to drink more water than they normally do.
Anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen can also be taken for sunburns, as it will reduce pain and inflammation for an extended period of time. For more severe sunburns that cause immediate peeling or inflammation, seek medical attention right away.
Of course, it’s always preferable to avoid being burned entirely, so doctors recommend that everybody apply sunscreen lotion of at least SPF 15 every few hours when spending time outdoors during the day.
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