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June 25, 2013 at 2:37 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

How to Quit Being a Lobster and Enjoy Your Summer

By Jeff from SLN More Blogs by This Author

I’ve been waiting forever, and, at last, summer is finally here. The cold, dark months are behind us, and we’ve all been rescued by the sun. That beautiful yellow orb has come to love us with the height of its glowing radiance, and who are we to deny it? It’s time to accept its provision, respond in kind, and bathe in it. It’s time to barbeque, run in the bark, and lay out on the beach. Just don’t get carried away. When it comes to the sun, its loving rays can be more than I… I mean we, bargained for.

Sunny Side Up

Obviously, the best way to avoid a sunburn is to make sure someone in your car brought the sunblock when you head out to the beach. But what if we hadn’t planned on going until minutes before? What if someone said they would bring it and forgot? What if you were just captivated by the beauty of a summer day and couldn’t think of anything else? Well, as a loved one told me in my desperation, “God forgives stupid,” so take heart.

Remedies for Stupid:

Aloe Vera

Its sunburn-healing properties have made aloe vera the champion of sunburn relief. You can purchase commercial aloe vera gel from the grocery store or even take the plant itself, and apply the sap directly from the insides of the plant’s leaves. Either way, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences suggests placing the aloe in your fried flesh a few minutes before applying an extra cooling sensation for the skin. While you should expect some peeling, aloe vera helps moisturize the skin and reduce dryness and itchiness.

This is the same aloe vera that can be ingested and used as a laxative, but not without concerns. Personally, I go by the topical, not in-your-body philosophy when it comes to aloe.

Vinegar

Vinegar

Vinegar on a burn? Strange as it may sound, vinegar has pain-reducing properties. Apparently, it helps to neutralize the pH of the sunburned skin, but that sounds like witchcraft to me. Get yourself some apple cider vinegar (white vinegar works too) and a spray bottle or cotton ball to apply to your skin – the cotton ball works especially well for the face.

If a nice bath sounds soothing, try adding two cups of apple cider vinegar to warm bathwater, and relax for 15 minutes.

Aspirin

While aspirin won’t help your charred skin, it will take away some of the discomfort you feel each time you move. As always, use as directed.

Blisters?

That’s tough news bub, but DO NOT pop them. Not only will popping your blisters release moisture from your skin it desperately needs, but it also puts your at risk for infection. If the blisters are rubbing on clothing, go without it…or apply a loose bandage.

Water

Especially considering all the water the sun takes out of you, be sure to keep yourself hydrated. Re-hydrating can take care of any sun related headaches, nausea, or other body discomforts. So drink it; you won’t regret it.

So, I wish you a speedy recovery, and the foresight to wear some sunblock next time.

References:

Jewell, Eleanor. "HOW TO SOOTHE A SUNBURN WITH VINEGAR."LIVESTRONG.COM. Demand Media, Inc, 5 May 2010. Web. 21 June 2013. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/94502-soothe-sunburn-vinegar/>.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. "Will Rubbing Aloe Vera on Your Sunburn Help?" UAMS.University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, n.d. Web. 19 June 2013. <http://www.uamshealth.com/?id=6046&sid=1>.

WebMD."Sunburn - Home Treatment." WebMD. WebMD, LCC, n.d. Web. 21 June 2013. <http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/sunburn-home-treatment>.

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