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Summer’s Around the Corner — Here are 5 of the Best Ways to Treat a Sunburn

While we all love spring break, summer, and any excuse to lie out in the sun, “tanning” inevitably comes with a raging sunburn. As someone who rarely gets sunburns because I’m such a freak about putting on liberal amounts of sunscreen, I was most unprepared when I received my first VERY noticeable sunburn. In order to mediate it, I consulted everyone I knew to get all of their expert advice on how to treat this calamity. Here is a selection of some of the best remedies I received:


1. Aloe Vera


Tried and true, aloe vera really is the best way to treat a sunburn. For best results, put it in the refrigerator so it’s extra soothing when you put it on.


2. Ice Cubes

An odd remedy, however, it definitely helps. Similarly to the aloe vera, the cooling sensation of the ice cubes is second to basically only aloe vera. The only problem is that the heat of your burn melts the cubes rather quickly…


3. Ibuprofen

As an anti-inflammatory drug, ibuprofen is great at reducing the redness of the burn. Since it’s also a pain reliever, it helps with the painful sensations that come with a sunburn.


4. Hydrate


Hydrate or Diedrate! Typically when you get a sunburn, your skin is suffering because the sun has damaged it. It needs to be reinvigorated and treated, so hydrating it by drinking water is super helpful!


5. Non-Petroleum-Based Lotions

All petroleum-based lotions are oil-based and that oil blocks your pores. If the pores are blocked, then heat and sweat can’t escape, so then the sunburn can’t heal. CeraVe is a fantastic alternative to petroleum-based lotions. It helps to hydrate and soothe your skin, which is the perfect combination for a sunburn! 


Hopefully some of these tips are helpful next time the sun scorches you! Let me know below what some of your best remedies for sunburns are!


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Sophie is a freshman from Chicago—the city, NOT the suburbs—majoring in Public Relations at Boston University. She'll probably make you feel like you're the world's greatest comedian because she tends to laugh at anything anyone says. When she's not writing for HC, you can find her at SoulCycle, watching The Bachelor, or eating chocolate chip cookies.
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