Sometimes no matter how much sunscreen you slather on and how careful you are to stay in the shade, you can, unfortunately, become a victim of a sunburn. While it’s definitely not ideal, and you should try to avoid it at all costs, what’s done is done, right? So now all you can do is treat it.
The first thing you want to do when you notice a sunburn is to get out of the sun and avoid any sun exposure since your skin is extra sensitive. You don’t want to make your situation worse but spending even more time in the sun.
Next, there are a few other things you can do to relieve any pain, discomfort, and redness. Here are some tips to keep in mind, from the American Academy of Dermatology.
1. Take frequent cool baths or showers. This will feel so soothing. Don’t forget to moisturize afterward!
2. Drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated is key.
3. Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen. This might help relieve any redness, pain, or discomfort.
4. Allow your blisters to heal. As much as you probably want to, don’t pop them.
5. Protect your skin if you go outdoors. Make sure to cover up and wear sunscreen so you don’t worsen your sunburn, or get another one.
6. Use a moisturizer with aloe vera or soy. This will soothe the skin. You can also use hydrocortisone cream if you’re experiencing even more discomfort.
And for the last tip, we’ve got you covered. There are a couple of products you’ll want to keep on hand this summer (and maybe year-round) just in case you get any sunburns. Here are some of our editor favorites, plus some highly rated options.