Soothe Your Summer Sunburn Fast With These Tips

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Summer is here, and you know what that means, right?

It’s time to hit the beach or pool!

Of course, soaking up all that extra sun means the risk of getting a pesky sunburn.

A day later, and you’re looking like a lobster — and feeling the burn.

The good news? Sunburn relief is right around the corner. Here’s your step by step guide to treating that sunburn fast.

Get Out of the Sun ASAP

As soon as you start to notice your skin getting red, it’s time to get out of the sun. This is the best way to prevent any further sun exposure.

Sure, you’d much rather be back on the beach playing volleyball, or splashing around in the ocean waves. But it’s best to treat your symptoms and give yourself the time to heal.

Avoid the sun by going indoors, or at least camp out under an umbrella.

Apple Cider Vinegar is Your Friend

If you got a little too much sun all over, try out an apple cider vinegar bath for full body sunburn relief. A soak for at least 10 minutes will restore your skin’s pH levels, plus it’ll soothe your irritated skin thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties.

To do it, all you have to do is add one cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath. Sure, it’ll smell a little funky — but it’ll definitely help your skin feel better quickly. As a bonus, the acetic acid will help soften skin and slough off dead skin cells.

Aloe Vera for the Win

There is a reason why aloe vera is a prominent ingredient in just about every sunburn treatment. It works!

Fresh, cool aloe will feel amazing on your skin and offer instant relief. Aloe has major healing properties, plus it will cool down your skin for immediate relief on your hot skin.

Skip the Harsh Cleansers

I know it’s really hard not to scrub your face and body vigorously to get rid of all the beach or pool grime, but it’s best to avoid any harsh cleansers — at least while you’re trying to heal your extra-toasty skin.

Your skin is already damaged from the sun. Using a harsh cleanser or exfoliator will cause more stress, plus it’ll be extra painful. Instead, opt for an extra gentle cleanser until your sunburn has subsided.

Moisturize!

Sunburned skin is irritated and dry. To help ease this, and also fight against pronounced lines and wrinkles, it’s important to choose the right moisturizer and use it often.

Choose a vitamin E-rich product, which will help promote skin regeneration and hydration. Bonus points for a lotion that has extra sunburn relief soothers, like lavender and chamomile.