Everyone has their own preferred sunburn treatment, but some work better than others. Here’s what a dermatologist suggests you reach for, and what you shouldn’t, when you catch too much sun.
In this video from the Tech Insider YouTube channel, Dermatologist Dr Erin Gilbert recommends a few simple remedies for your red, achy skin. For starters, get out of the sun and stay out of the sun as much as possible until you’ve healed. Now take a towel and soak it in a bowl of cold milk, then apply the towel to your sunburned skin. The cold will feel good and the lactic acid in the milk will start to remove the dead, burned skin so you can heal faster. After that, reach for the aloe vera to help retain moisture and soothe your skin, and take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to help reduce the inflammation in your skin.
So what should you avoid? Gilbert recommends you skip the sunburn relief creams that contain lidocaine and benzocaine. They only help with the pain momentarily and won’t aid in the healing process. Plus, when they wear off, you’ll feel the pain even more.
How to Get Rid of a Sunburn [YouTube]