Summer is upon us. What’s better than being able to show off all that hard work that went down in the gym than by taking that shirt off. Well, that is what I did…kinda. I was outside working on our deck. So, I took off my shirt because I was hot and sweaty.
My body is prone to charring in the sun so bad sometimes I get blisters. So I take the necessary precautions of spraying sunscreen on to protect me while shirtless outside from these unwanted sunburns. Notice how I said spray? That’s right the ones in the aerosol can. That is where I went wrong.
For a few hours the sunscreen offered me protection, but after that, I could feel the burn come on and it did so very quickly. My wife helped me apply the aerosol sunscreen and I believe she did a good job rubbing it in all over my back.
Later that night when the damage had been done, there were a bunch of lines all across my back. The lines were where the aerosol had been pointed when my wife sprayed it. My first thought was “man I am never using that stuff again” then I thought “hey we used the same thing on the kids”. Luckily, they were not out in the sun as much as I was. The next thing that went through my mind was “how am I going to get rid of this pain?”
Like I said before, I have been through this many times since I was young. I’ve always been prone to get burned. It hurt, but it has given me time to learn how to fix the damage and to help heal. So know I am passing that on to you. Here are a couple of things that I have learned to help ease the pain of a severe sunburn.
- Black Tea (or any tea)
- This one I have used before and it seems to help but uses a lot of tea. It helps by drawing the heat out and eases the sting. Most of us have some tea laying around in the house, somewhere. So it is possible that it might be the most available thing you have.
- This little can is amazing. Not only does it cool as you spray it, a lot of them come with aloe so it helps ease the pain. It is not too expensive. I would suggest buying some and keeping it in a first aid, just in case.
- We have all used ibuprofen once or twice in our lives and most likely you will have some in your medicine cabinet. In this case, the anti-inflammatory helps with the pain from getting too bad. I have heard if you take it before the burn turns pink it will go away quick. That is not medically backed though.
- Aloe Gel (aloe vera)
- If you have ever had a sunburn you have heard of this stuff. You either like it or hate it, but it does work. Aloe draws heat out of you so you can use it for other burns as well. The only downside for me is that it is sticky and make me uncomfortable. But if you don’t mind it, keep some in your fridge to give you that cooling feeling and draw out that heat.
- Coconut Oil
- I have never tried it but I have heard of people putting coconut oil on their skin. It makes sense. The oil can hydrate your skin but in my head, that would be a sticky mess. So try it if you have coconut oil and let me know what you think in the comments below.
- Essential Oils
- More oils specifically Lavender and Peppermint. I know essential oils do a lot of good things for you but they are expensive and sometimes hard to find. But if it will help and you have some laying around give it a go.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar or just white distilled vinegar can take the sting out and it’s cheap. The only downside is it can dry your skin out so make sure to put on some lotion or that coconut oil to rehydrate.
- Last but definitely not least drink tons of water. It can help make you feel better and keeps your skin hydrated. Let’s face it you should be drinking a lot of water anyway. If your goal is a gallon a day add a half to it when sun burnt.
That is it! That is some things I have been using since I was a kid and some things that I have heard of. If you have anything to add to the list be sure to comment below and help us all out!