Do These 5 Things Next Time You Get a Sunburn
You’ve got tons of sunscreen and all the latest essentials to protect yourself from harmful UV rays — you’re ready to enjoy the great outdoors! But whether you missed a spot during application or forgot to reapply after taking a dip in the pool, you’ve somehow ended up with skin that looks a little broiled. We understand, really, it happens to all of us. But sunburns are not only painful, they can also take a toll on your skin’s health, so it’s important to do all you can to remedy the effects as soon as possible. Read on to learn exactly what you should do next time you get a sunburn.
1. Medicate: The first thing you should do is take aspirin within 24 hours of getting burnt. Aspirin helps reduce inflammation, so it will help with redness, tight skin and irritation. (via Health E-News)
2. Stay Cool: If your sunburn is particularly intense, cold compresses can provide immediate pain relief. Just be sure to moisturize afterwards, since dry skin can cause even more discomfort. (via List Top Tens)
3. Moisturize: Keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated is the key to helping it recover quickly. Look for balms and creams that contain aloe, which has a cooling effect and has been proven to help alleviate the pain of a sunburn. (via Into The Gloss)
4. Stay Hydrated: It’s more important than ever to stay hydrated when your skin is burned, since sun-damaged skin has a lesser ability to retain water. Aim for at least seven or eight glasses a day. (via Healthy Food Space)
5. Keep Yourself Covered: You’ll want to stay out of the sun as much as possible for at least a week after a sunburn. Your skin will be extra sensitive, so apply sunscreen and protect it with wide-brimmed hats and breathable, cotton clothing to help you stay cool. (via Beautygrl)
Do you have any favorite home remedies or tips for treating sunburns? Let us know in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!