The weather is slowly transitioning from warm with cool breezes to stifling hot with no breeze. This means numbers of pale bodies will soon be emerging from their winter homes to soak up some sunlight (and hopefully awaken those pigments). Most of the aforementioned ghostly sunbathers will make the mistake of trying to do too much too soon. Whether they take an unintentional snooze, basking in the suns warmth or simply neglect the proper SPF, the result will be painful to them and painfully funny to their friends and family.
Aloe, Tylenol and antihistamines are all the regular go-to options for sunburn relief. But did you know that water could be the difference between a rich tan and a peeling, flaky mess? Sunburns are all about damage control. In order for your skin to lose its tomato-esque hue, it has to heal. The best way to do this is with water softened by a home water softener.
First things first, when you realize that youre a victim of wicked sunburn, you have to get your body and skin temperature back to normal. But, if you cool down too fast, youll shock your system and develop nasty blisters (natures Band-Aids). Thats one of the reasons why sunburns developed during winter sports can be particularly tricky. Your best bet is to soak in a tub of tepid (room temperature) water. Dont listen to the claims that piping hot water will soothe sunburn. It will only cause more damage. Soft water is your best option as it allows your skin to produce its natural oils and moisturize your dry skin. While you soak, take a pain reliever, an antihistamine, to stop the dreaded sunburn itch in its path, and drink a tall glass of water. A sunburned body is a dehydrated body. Your skin will look and feel better once your body is once again hydrated.
If you dont have soft water, try one of these bath time concoctions to soothe your skin.
Add a half cup of baking soda to a tepid bath. Baking soda has antiseptic properties and creates an alkalized environment. Both will calm your skin.
Add oatmeal to your bath. Blend a cup of oatmeal in a food processor until fine and then mix it in with your bath. Your bathwater should take on a milky appearance. Soaking in an oatmeal bath will help to reduce pain, swelling and itching.
Add coconut milk to your bath. Unless you have a coconut allergy, coconut milk is considered to be an instant healer of sunburns. Add as much to your bath as you want and get a good soak. Its cooling properties will soothe painful, itchy skin.
Now repeat after me: soak, aloe, repeat. Remember to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, embrace the shade, and dont forget your sunscreen! Your tan doesnt have to happen overnight. At all costs, you should avoid damaging your skin with sunburn. But if you do, soothe it with these great tips.