Sunshine, beautiful sunshine but . . .

When you stay out in the sun too long here are a few ideas on treating that hot skin.


A third degree burn should be treated by a medical team immediately. You can treat some second degree burns and most first degree burns using home remedies to reduce the pain and discomfort.

Drink plenty of water to reduce dehydration.
Apply cool water to the burned area.
Take a cool bath and add oatmeal, cornstarch or baking soda to sooth the skin.
Make a paste of cornstarch or baking soda to apply to the affected areas.
Ice cold whole milk or plain yogurt can be applied directly to the skin or soak towels in the milk or yogurt and wrap the affected areas.
Smooth aloe vera straight from an aloe vera plant or a commercial aloe vera product. Check the list of ingredients. Be sure there is no alcohol or other ingredient that may sting.
Cucumbers, strawberries or raw potatoes can be applied to the skin.
Cooled, damp tea bags can be used on a first degree burn. Or brew tea, cool and soak towels in the tea and apply to the affected area.

These remedies should not be used on third degree burns and not skin that is broken or otherwise compromised.

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