What should you NOT put on a sunburn?
• Aloe vera gel
• Damp towel
• Petroleum jelly
Answer: Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly should not be used to treat a sunburn. Here’s why…
Despite health warnings about sun damage, people still lie out in the sun with no protection in hopes of getting that golden, natural tan look. Instead, they come home with red, irritated skin often accompanied by pain, because they stayed out in the sun way too long.
Once a sunburn sets in, there’s not much you can do about it except help sooth the pain and protect the skin. Some signs of severe sunburns include swelling and sunburn blisters with flu-like symptoms such as chills, nausea, or headaches.
In a few days, the skin will begin to peel and feel you’ll start feeling very itchy. This is how the body tries to get rid of the sun-damaged cells and begin the healing process.
The best thing you can do to help your body recover is to use aloe vera gel. The aloe vera plant is used as a natural remedy to help relieve pain in sunburns and mild burns as well as stop itchy skin. Menthol and Camphor are other ingredients that can help soothe sunburns.
Another method to include with aloe vera is using a damp towel 10 to 15 minutes a few times a day to help sooth the pain. Pat your sunburn lightly and try not to disturb or pop any blisters. Be sure to drink plenty of water as this will help your body with dry skin.
Do Not Use Gels with These Ingredients
There are certain lotions and creams to stay away from, especially if they contain ingredients like petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine. Petroleum jelly tends to trap heat and the benzocaine and lidocaine can cause the skin to feel irritable.
The best defense against sunburns is to protect yourself with proper clothing and use sunscreen lotions. Exposing yourself to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) can lead to severe sunburns and even skin cancer.
It’s ok to enjoy the summertime sun but be sure to protect yourself from its harmful rays.
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