Answer: Despite our best intentions, sunburns happen. Its all to easy to forget to reapply sunscreen during the day and by the time the sun goes down, you’re red and achy. To deal with the sunburn I suggest assembling a little sunburn emergency kit in advance. You need just five affordable and easy to find items:
2. A real live Aloe Vera plant
3. A jar of Shea butter
4. A box of Quacker’s Oatmeal
5. Green tea bags
Here’s the drill: When you realize that you’re fried, take two aspirin. This will reduce the inflammation which is the root of the pain and damge to your skin. Then fill a tub with lukewarm water and swish a handful of oatmeal into the water. Get in and soak for 20 minutes. Oatmeal is one of the best anti-inflammatory remedies we have and the water will draw out some of the heat. Out of the tub, dry off gently and smooth on some shea butter. In the morning, cut open a leaf of Aloe plant and spread the fresh gel onto your skin. Be careful with commercial Aloe gels which may contain alcohol that can irritate your skin and increse dyhydration.
During the day make sure to eat plenty of fruit and drink water. Cold water absorbs better than warm water and iced green tea will also provide much needed anti-oxidants to counteract the free radical storm of a sunburn. To avoid further irritation use a 30-50SPF sunscreen for sensitive skin. These are physical sunscreens with zinc oxides rather than chemical protection which may be irritating to tender burned skin. If you’re going outside, wear a broad brimmed hat for extra protection.