8 Tips And Tricks For Conquering A Bad Sunburn

8 Tips And Tricks For Conquering A Bad Sunburn

"Sun-kissed skin, so hot, we'll melt your popsicle."
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It's summertime and warm out, which means you are probably going to spend a lot of time outdoors, whether it's at the pool, the beach or on a lake enjoying the weather.

Picture this.

You've been at the beach (or lake) all day and have only just home to discover that you forgot to reapply sunscreen throughout the day and now have a nasty burn to prove it.

We've all been there. We're told over and over to keep reapplying sunscreen but sometimes we just forget or it's cloudy so we don't think it matters ( Spoiler alert!!! It does).

What do you do?

If you don't know or only know a few, here are 8 tips and tricks for when you need to conquer a bad sunburn.

1. Aloe vera

This step alone will save you looks of pain. Aloe is a cooling agent and anti-inflammatory. It aids the skin in healing, moisturizes, and helps avoid that awful peeling that normally comes with sun damage.

2. Act fast to cool it down

Aloe is just one of the many ways to do this. If your near a body of water, a quick dip in it helps too. You can also make a cold compress as long as the ice isn't directly touching your burn.

3. Drink lots of water

This might seem weird and not as important, but it is. The burn draws away fluid from the skin and can leave you dehydrated.

4. Apple cider vinegar

The many uses for this product are amazing. Believe it or not, lots of people swear this is one of the ways to help with a sunburn. But how? It is recommended that you first dilute the vinegar with some water and after that, all you need to do is find a way to apply it.

5. Use a sunscreen with a good SPF

There's really not a good way to measure just what should be considered a good SPF. The theory of SPF is that it is, for example, someone burns after about 10 minutes of being in the sun and they apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30, now multiply that by the minutes it takes to burn.

Theoretically, this would mean they have about 300 minutes or 5 hours of time in the sun with this particular sunscreen. However, most sunscreen comes off within the hour due to sweat, rubbing, and water. A good measure of sunscreen to use would be around SPF 15 or higher.

6. Consider taking Aspirin or Ibuprofen

This can help reduce swelling a bit as well as some of the itchiness.

7. If skin blisters, allow it to heal

This could possibly mean you have a second-degree sunburn. If you do, it could lead to potential scarring and infection.

8. Get out of the sun

If you feel the beginning of one, simply just get out of the sun. This will prevent it from getting any worse than it probably already is.

Bottom line: Sunburns suck but with these tips, it might just be bearable. Your skin will eventually heal and before you know it you'll be sunburn free and possibly a bit more cautious for next time.

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  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.

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Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.


Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.


Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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