We know how important sunscreen is, but sometimes, despite our best efforts, sunburns happen. We checked in with Dr. Heather Rogers, a Seattle-based dermatologist and creator of Restore Healing Balm (an all-natural, plant-based healing balm), for her best tips on healing a pesky burn.
1. Manage the Pain
To get temporary relief in the immediate aftermath, Dr. Rogers recommends taking over-the-counter pain medication or a cool bath, or putting a cold, wet cloth on the burn several times a day. But, she adds, “Make sure you are careful not to get too hot or too cold. When your skin is sunburned, your body’s ability to control temperature is compromised.”
2. Moisturize (at the Right Time)
Apply an ultra-hydrating cream or ointment (like Restore Balm or Skincando’sCombat-
3. Hydrate from Within
Topical moisturizers are great, but they should be paired with internal hydration. Aim to drink eight to ten glasses of water per day to replace fluid loss and prevent dehydration. Also try to limit drinks that can dehydrate you even more, like coffee and alcohol. (Sorry.)