Sunburn treatment starts with prevention and as we all know, correctly using sunscreen will help prevent burns. 

Sunburns are caused by UV radiation rather than heat (which explains why we can get sunburns on cold, snowy days). Sunburns destroy skin, which controls the amount of heat our bodies retain or release, holds in fluids, and protects us from infection. 

Treatment of Sunburn:

  1. Get out of the sun. Staying in the sun after the burn is present will make it worse.
  2. Look for blisters. Blistering means the skin is completely damaged and complications are likely. If the area with blisters is bigger than one entire arm or the whole abdomen, seek medical attention by calling 911 or visiting the emergency department.
  3. Take a cool shower or bath to soothe the pain.
  4. Apply aloe or another cooling agent. Whatever you use, do not apply butter or oil to any burn!

Not a fan of Aloe or what you have at home to help your burn? Try my DIY recipe below, works like a charm!

Dr. G's Sunburn Spray Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions:

  • Combine ingredients and store in a spritzer bottle.
  • Shake well before use. 
  • Apply as often as needed to reduce pain and speed healing. 
  • Keep a bottle in the refrigerator for extra cooling relief. 

Here's to keeping your skin safe this Summer and all year round!

xoxo, Dr. G