It's all fun and games until you shower and actually see yourself in the mirror. After spending a whole day out on the water, give it an hour or less after enjoying the day, to officially feel the stinging of your burnt skin. Showering?? OUCH! Try not to have the water too hot.
The weekend before last we went out on my aunt and uncles boat. We did apply on loads of sunscreen, but obviously not enough. The day was absolutely gorgeous and there was not one cloud in the sky. By the time I got home, after over 8 hours under the glorious sky, I had a serious painful sunburn. Chaz got it the worst and almost 2 weeks later and he is still peeling,
Well, I'm here to share with you some tips and advice on how to feel better and heal quicker.
1. Medicate. Take Ibuprofen as soon as you see signs of a sunburn. This cuts back on the swelling and the redness. This also helps with any stinging from the burnt skin.
2. Treat your sunburn. Act quickly and take a luke war to cold shower to reduce the heat and temperature of your skin. After a cool bath, apply and lather in lotion and keep your skin moisturized.
3. Lidocaine and Aloe. These are going to be your best friends. Do not stop applying these. Lidocaine numbs the skin from the burning and stinging feeling, and the aloe applies relief and a cool sensation to your skin. Consistently applying these two will minimize the peeling of the skin, and heal your burn within a few days.
4. Hydrate. Drink lots of liquids. Burns on the skin direct the fluid to the surface of the skin and away from the rest of your body. This is what causes the feeling of feeling dehydrated.
5. Bed, Movies, & Pizza. This is my best advice yet. Stay in bed, watch movies all day, and stuff your pretty little sun burnt face with pizza. This is not medically proven, but pizza will heel your skin faster. Ok, totally just kidding, but it will make you forget about how much pain your in and enjoy the yummy taste of the greatest food on this planet. Staying in bed keeps you from going into the hot boiling sun which is probably the worst thing you can do when your skin is fried, as well as an awesome excuse to not have to put on pants. Especially when wearing any clothes at all is pretty painful in itself. Watching movies all day is just another great excuse to be lazy, and also helps your forget about your sun burnt.
So next time you decide not to wear sunscreen, just remember the consequences, and remember these tips. Not applying sun protection is probably the worst thing you can do to your skin. Skin cancer is a thing you know. Also always remember to reapply. Just because you apply it once, does not mean you're safe for the whole day.