Post # 1
So, I normally am really vigilant about applying broad spectrum sunscreen before we go swimming. Of course, I forgot yesterday and now DH and I are sporting bright pink shoulders and thighs.
I have special after sun aloe vera, but it doesn’t seem to be removing much of the sting.
Any tricks or tips for soothing our skin? It isn’t blistered or anything, and we aren’t running a fever or have the chills, so it isn’t as severe as sun poisoning, just your typical run-of-the-mill sun burn.
I read something about apple cider vinegar, but that sounds painful! Anyone ever try it??
Post # 3
I used a facial black head scrub to exfoliate my burns and Cera Ve to aid the repair and my burns were gone within about 3 days.
Post # 4
I like to use plain yogurt when the burn is still giving off heat. I find it helps a bit. After that, I stick to aloe and then moisturizing.
Post # 5
White vinegar is safer and more effective than aloe with lidocaine. Gently wash the area and remove any peeling. Dilute white vinegar 50/50 with cool water. Spray onto the site or apply with a wet towel. The sting will disappear within 2 minutes and the effect lasts for aboue 4-6 hours. The smell will fade once the vinegar dries. And of course moisturize, you’ve just baked your skin.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Use real aloe if you can get it from the local Home Depot or gardening store. If not, put your aloe in the fridge to cool it down and make sure to use the aloe lotion not the gel (the gel has alcohol and dries out your skin.) Otherwise, it’s just going to take another day or two to heal. I have lived in Florida all my life and we always just bought the cheap green aloe lotion from Walmart, nothing fancy; it’s the getting it cold in the fridge part that takes the sting out.
Post # 7
Taking an OTC NSAID will help with the inflammation. I second the pure aloe if you can get it. It’s kind of sticky but it really does help. Otherwise,refrigerated aloe Vera gel helps as well.
I had a pretty bad sunburn once and it was recommended to put regular old black tea bags soaked with cool water on the affected areas. The tannins in the black tea are very soothing to the skin.
Post # 8
I don’t know if this works on anyone else, but my FI puts oil on all of his burns…I have not once seen him peel (and he’s been BURNT a couple times). It always turns into a nice tan.
Post # 9
I forgot about the NSAID. That plus plenty of water or a sports drink.
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