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How to Cool Down Sunburned Skin

Summer is all about enjoying the beautiful warm weather, but it can also leave you with a few sunburns. Although we don’t recommend going out and getting burned, we know that accidents happen and we want you to take care of your skin in the best way possible. So, what can you do to cool down your burn and get healed up again? Let’s take a closer look.

Apply Ice

Touch the surface of your burned skin. You will notice that it’s a lot warmer than it usually is. To help cool down in the skin and relieve some of the burning sensations, try rubbing some ice cubes on the skin. The ice will help to cool it down right away; make sure that you don’t leave ice packs on your skin for too long because in some instances that may cause a freezer type burn.

Try Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a life saver when it comes to having a sunburn. Whether you prefer aloe vera lotion, gel, or if you have your own aloe vera plant, it doesn’t matter; all that matter is that you use it. Research has shown the acid that’s in the aloe vera plant itself cannot only calm down symptoms of a burn, but it can heal the skin as well.

Stay Out of the Sun

If you get a sunburn when you’re on a beach vacation the last thing you want to do is stay inside, but it will be the best way for you to calm your skin down.  Extra exposure will only put your skin at risk of further burning, scarring, or even skin cancer. If you do have plans to be out in the sun for the next few days, cover up your sunburn with some clothing.

Sunburned skin isn’t just painful, but it means that you are putting your skin at a greater risk of getting cancer. Use these tips to help heal your sunburn and start feeling normal again. To learn more about how you can take better care of your skin, contact our Glenn Dale office at 301.249.0970.

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