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How to Treat Minor Sunburns

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost June! We’ve spent the past couple of weeks filling you in on everything you need to know about sunburns, sunscreen and sun protection, so that you can have the most fun and healthy summer in the sun!

Before we move on to some new topics on The Minute, we wanted to give you a couple of tips on how to treat minor sunburns. There really isn’t much you can do other than try to alleviate some of the discomfort that comes from a burn.

Our top three tips are:

  1. Aloe Vera – You probably have seen lotions and gels in the store that contain aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is known as the “burn” plant and can help moisturize your skin to avoid peeling and to ease discomfort. Though some of these gels have proven to work, we highly recommend investing in a live plant. You can cut off a leaf, split it in half and apply the sap directly to your skin.
  • Drink extra water – When you get sunburnt, your skin becomes dehydrated. Make sure to drink water regularly while in the sun and inside to make sure that your body stays hydrated as you are recovering.
  • Place a damp towel on your skin – This will help eliminate some of the dryness of the burn and help keep your skin from burning/itching as much.

As always, if you have concerns about your burn, it’s recommended to seek treatment. Our centers have the resources to make sure that your burns are treated properly to prevent more serious issues.

For more tips on sun protection, visit our previous articles on The Minute!

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