How To Calm A Sunburn

summer skin emergencies

If you have an unfortunate skin burn (or your kids do) this summer, try these tips to help ease the pain.

With over three decades of experience researching and developing new and innovative skincare technologies, Jan Marini, President and CEO of Jan Marini Skin Research, has had experience dealing with all kinds of skincare emergencies. See a few of her top summer skincare emergency fixes below:

How to Calm a Sunburn:

  • Take aspirin tablets and crush them. Mix the crushed tablets with water or milk. Apply over the sunburned area like a poultice and leave on for 10 or 15 minutes.  Aspirin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can assist in decreasing the redness associated with sunburns and will also lessen the pain.
  • Better yet, if you have access to an over-the counter topical aspirin analgesic cream such as those used for joint pain and muscle aches, rub that into the sunburned area.

How to Treat Painful and Peeling Skin:

  • When your sunburn is at its most angry, painful redness, try soaking in an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal contains soothing anti-inflammatories that can help with pain and lessen redness.
  • Keeping sunburned skin moisturized will make the surface feel softer and more hydrated, but there is no way to completely avoid peeling. That outer layer of dead, burned skin will shed sooner or later.

Keep your skin safe this summer with SPF (reapply throughout the day!), hats and shade! I know the sun feels good and a tan looks pretty but consider your skin and take action to keep it protected!

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