Spent *a bit too much time* outdoors this summer? Here are five ways to bring about some much-needed relief from a sizzling sunburn.

Despite being aware of the dangers of too much sun exposure, the occasional sunburn can still happen. While these can often be mild, especially when sunscreen is reapplied frequently, some sunburns can be painful, and lead to blisters and peeling skin.

This might not seem like something that poses much of a threat, but too much sun exposure can damage the DNA of your skin cells. This, in turn, can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. And considering that one in three Americans report getting sunburned at least once a year, a lot more needs to be done when it comes to keeping our skin safe.

But, long-term dangers aside, what can you do to bring about some cool relief when your skin feels on fire from having spent too much time in the sun? Here are five home remedies to reduce pain, redness and inflammation. We hope you’ve learned your lesson!

  1. Coldwater or compress

The first step in treating sunburn is to cool down the skin. This can be done by getting into cold water or applying it to the affected area. A cold compress – or an ice pack covered with a clean cloth or towel – can also be used to bring the temperature down. Just don’t apply ice directly to the skin as this can cause damage.

  1. Aloe vera

One of the most popular treatments for sunburn is aloe vera. Many aftersun products are made using the gel extracted from this healing plant. Get an aloe plant for your home to use as needed to treat sunburns, blisters, and small abrasions.

  1. Vinegar

It might not be the best-scented solution in relieving the pain and itching associated with sunburn. It is, however, an effective one! Pour a cup of apple cider vinegar into a bath or apply it to the skin using a washcloth in regular 15-minute sessions.

  1. Moisturizer

Once the skin has cooled down, it’s important to make sure it is sufficiently moisturized. This can help to prevent peeling and flaking later on in the healing process. Look for alcohol-free formulations that contain skin-healing ingredients, such as vitamin E and apply frequently.

  1. Stay hydrated

Too much time spent in the sun strips the skin of moisture. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology claim that ‘sunburns draw fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body‘.  Upping your water intake can go a long way in avoiding dehydration.

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