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Sunburn Got You Down?

Sunburn Got You Down?

Ouch, that sunburn looks like it hurts! If the lobster look was what you were going for, then, congratulations, you’ve accomplished it.
 
Come on! Surely, by now you know enough about the effects of too much sun to make better choices than sitting outside to bake. But, hey, we all make mistakes, so no one is going to give you too hard of a time. Read on for some tips on how to soothe that nasty burn, and some ways to make sure it doesn’t happen again:
 
1. Try an at-home remedy: The proteins from cool—not cold—milk will give your skin a protective shield to thwart water evaporation, an effect of a burn that can leave skin moistureless and unable to heal.
 
2. Take 400 mg of Ibuprofen every four hours until the redness disappears, and you will notice reduced inflammation. You can also start drinking green tea, or pomegranate extract or juice for the same effect. A bonus: The antioxidants will help alleviate some of the hidden damage caused by UV exposure. For this reason, eating your fruits and veggies during this time is important, too.
 
3. Slather on a topical antioxidant, like Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Lotion or Aveeno Ultra-Calming facial moisturizers. And, of course, aloe is always good for soothing discomfort as well.
 
4. Moisturize like a crazy person when your skin begins to peel—at least three times a day. Keep in mind that during this peeling process, you should never pull off skin. Let is shed naturally.
 
5. The most important point is to keep a sunburn from happening again so you can live healthy. Try a solid broad-spectrum sunscreen, meaning that it blocks both UVA and UVB damage. And always reapply; sweating and swimming can get in the way of proper coverage. [Yahoo Health]

Posted: 6/13/08