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Avoiding Summer Sunburns


Avoiding Summer Sunburns
Avoiding Summer Sunburns

Avoiding Summer Sunburns


Everybody at some time or another has decided to take a fabulous summer vacation out to the beach, the desert, or someplace else that they normally do not venture. The trip is always wonderful, filled with fun and lots of sun, but, somehow in the excitement, the sunscreen is forgotten, or you are so wrapped up you stay out a bit too long. This has happened to practically everyone I know. In order to avoid all of the pain that sunburns create, it would be necessary to live our lives entirely indoors, and that would just not be much fun, or realistic. After all, then there would be no baseball games, no swimming on the beach, or plenty of other great summertime activities.


In order to calm the intense pain that sunburns can cause it is important to know how to treat them. Of course, prevention is always the best advice, but for those times when a burn is unavoidable, it is important to know the proper treatment methods. These can help you to avoid screaming in pain each time you lay down to sleep, and also allow others in your family to come within 50 yards of you. Without a good treatment plan, you can expect to become a bit lonely as you likely won’t want anyone near you in fear they may bump or rub against your aching burned skin. So, now is the time to start learning before you are burnt to a crisp struggling to read the screen when it’s already too late.


Before we get started, it is extremely important that you always wear sunglasses whenever you are outside. Even if you only plan to be outside for a couple of minutes, something can always happen where it is hours before you go inside. Treating a burn in your eye is much harder to do and is not something that is comfortable at all. It will also require the specialized attention of an eye doctor to ensure that your vision is not damaged.


One of the first remedies that you should try is always drinking plenty of water. This is important because it helps to ensure that your body is fully hydrated. If you are dehydrated, it will cause your skin to dry out, which in turn can make it extremely difficult to soothe your skin to a level that is comfortable. If you are dehydrated, your skin is going to have a much harder time healing. Drinking plenty of water will be extremely helpful to ensure that you are getting all of the fluids that you need, not only for your health but also to improve the health of your skin.


Another highly effective solution is to use aloe vera. This is available in the form of gels, but can also be used directly from the plant. If you have access to an aloe vera plant, it is a wonderful way to ensure you are protecting your skin. If you have an aloe plant, you have access to a great asset for sunburned skin. Used for more than just sunburns, an aloe plant is also highly effective for many other types of burns as well.


You can also use cool milk compresses. It is important to use cool milk, not cold. If you use milk that is extremely cold, you will often find that it is extremely uncomfortable to the touch and is more disturbing than comforting. Using hot milk is also not effective since it will not properly soothe the skin. To get the biggest benefit possible from the cool milk compresses you should take some cotton gauze or even some very soft cloth and soak them in milk. You will then dab the compress onto the skin.


With some patience, all sunburns will of course heal. Trying to wait until they heal all on their own is not always possible. This can make it extremely difficult to work, get the rest you need, or even to function sometimes. A small amount of relief is always a welcome benefit for most people and is something that should never be discounted. Getting relief is possible and your skin will certainly appreciate the help. Remember to see your doctor if your sunburn is extreme or becomes infected.



Until Next Time!



Health & Happiness,


Shantell @ PNW Health and Wellness

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