Beauty How-To: Treat a Sunburn

Everyone has fallen asleep on the beach for too long, or missed a spot with their sunscreen, only to wake up with a patch of skin as rare as an undercooked slab of meat. Sunburns are the worst kind of uncomfortable irritation because they hurt like a mother and ruin your temporarily youthful, healthy skin. Luckily, there are several ways to treat a sunburn fast and effectively.Cold, Plain Yogurt
That’s right, the cure to your discomfort is sitting in the fridge. Apply chilled plain yogurt to sunburned skin to soothe pain and discomfort.

Take Medication
Using an anti-inflammatory medicine such as aspirin or ibuprofen will help reduce swelling, soreness and pain. Take as directed, but keep a close watch for infection or blisters.

Take a Tea Bath
Okay this is a little unconventional, but it works wonders. Brew strong tea by boiling water and adding several tea bags. (You may need a few pots of strong tea for this.) Pour the tea into a clean tub of cool water and take a nice, long soak. Pat skin dry and apply some aloe gel to the sunburned skin.

Vinegar
Apply vinegar to sunburned skin using a cotton ball or rag morning and evening. You will smell like a giant pickle, but your burn will heal and stop peeling.

Milk
Apply milk to the sunburned area using gauze and leave on skin for about 15 minutes.

Lidocaine Gel
It can get sticky, but lidocaine gel immediately soothes the burn and reduce pain from sunburns. It has a cooling effect, so be prepared for a chill.

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