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How To Ease The Pain Of A Sunburn

As much as we wish it weren't true, we know that many of us are going to get a sunburn this summer. We'll take this opportunity to remind you that, of course, prevention is your best method here.

But we love you all, and we don't want you to be in pain if you forget to re-apply or happen to miss a spot on your back. We've gathered some of the most tried and true sunburn remedies in one spot for you. We hope you don't need to use them often.

Aloe. Whether you're cutting open a leaf from the plant or it's an ingredient in your favorite lotion, aloe is the ultimate and forever go-to for sunburn. We personally prefer cutting open a leaf and squeezing the gel directly onto the affected area. Then we throw on a loose-fitting pair of pj's and wait for the sting to go away.

Apple Cider Vinegar. Over the years, many dermatologists have recommended this method to us for treating overexposure to the sun. Simply mix one to two tablespoons of the vinegar with one to two cups of cold water. Use a washcloth to gently dab the mixture onto your tender skin. You can also put it into a spray bottle for easier application.

Anti-Inflammatories. For adults, experts advise trying an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory (like ibuprofen) to calm the pain and even take the redness down a bit.

Tea. We asked our readers for some of their favorite remedies and this one kept coming up ... tea bags — both in a cool bath and directly on the skin under the eyes. The soothing properties of green and chamomile teas work especially well.

As for products you can find at the store, we're still big fans of old-school Noxzema ... ah, that nostalgic smell. But we've also learned to love this Solarcaine Cool Aloe Burn Relief Formula Pain Relieving Gel which contains lidocaine to help with the burning pain. And we all know how annoying that accompanying itch can be. Try Derma-E Itch Relief Lotion to help the situation and even fight any little infections with tea tree oil.

What are your best sunburn remedies?

  • Aloe can always ease the pain, but you're always better off not getting burned in the first place.

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