Even if you generally take care of your skin when you go out in the sun, there are times that you still may end up with a sunburn or someone in your family might because you forgot to put protection on or got in the water and failed to put more lotion on after you got out of the water. Whatever the reason it happens and it can be a very uncomfortable and nasty experience having a sunburn. If the sunburn is extremely severe you may have to go to the emergency room, however, if it's not there are ways in which you can treat the sunburn yourself.
One of the first things you can do is to treat the sunburned area immediately by putting cold water or some ice on the area that is burned. This is going to help reduce the actual temperature of the skin around the area that is burned and it is going to immediately stop the skin from blistering up. If the burn is over a large area of your body then you should take a cold shower or a bath and then put some bath oils on to help lubricate your skin.
If the pain is too much to take then it's suggested that you take an OTC medication that has an anti-inflammatory agent in it. This will help cut down on the pain and also help to keep any swelling or inflammation that may come with the sunburn.
You might also want to get some antibacterial creams that you can buy in the store and put this on the affected area. This is going to help to keep down any infections as well as cut down on the redness that comes with sunburns and the swelling as well.
Everyone knows that once the skin begins to heal there is an intense itching that comes from the dryness that is caused by the sunburn. This can be eased by putting on some cream or lotion that contains aluminium acetate. Do not use any harsh soap on your skin where the sunburn is because this is only going to make the sunburn worse because it could cause more drying of the skin.
A really good natural ingredient that will help cut down on the itching as well as the pain is oatmeal. It has a very soothing effect on the skin. Just put a few cups of oatmeal into a cheese cloth and then let it soak under some cold water running from your faucet and make sure you collect the water in a bowl. Then take a compress and soak it in the oatmeal water and apply this to the areas of your skin that is sunburn. Make sure to repeat this several times during the time you have your sunburn.
Plain yoghurt is another natural item you can use to help to lessen the pain of your sunburn. Take some cold plain yoghurt and rub it onto your skin where you have the sunburn and let it dry. After it is dry you can go ahead and wash it off and dry your skin lightly with a towel.
Another really great help for the sunburn pain is Aloe Vera. You can buy lotions and gels that have Aloe Vera in them at your local drugstore. If you happen to have the plant in your home then take the juice from a couple of its leaves and apply the juice directly to your skin.
It is really important that during the sunburn that you keep your skin really moist because the dryness can become extreme if you don't. It's probably a good idea to use lotions that have palm oil as well as shea butter because they add some extra emollients and will help to replenish the moisture to the surface of your skin.
Another natural home method is to take some lettuce and boil it, drain the water into a container and discard the lettuce. Put the lettuce water in the refrigerator for about twenty minutes and then put it on your sunburn with cotton balls. You can also take some vinegar and add a cup of vinegar into a bowl that contains some cold water and simply rub the vinegar water all over the sunburn this will cut down on the pain as well as the itching.
Other things that you can use are witch hazel lotion and apply it to the sunburn. The herb will help cut down on the skin's inflammation. Take a cotton ball and soak it in the witch hazel and rub into onto your skin. You can also pour some into a bath and soak in it. You can also use Calamine lotion because of its soothing effect on skin. Rub the lotion onto your skin to get some relief. Don't forget good old baking soda as well. Mix some baking soda in with some water and then soak the area where you are sunburned for about 15 minutes. Or you can apply it to the skin and just let it remain on the skin and dry before rinsing it off.