Getty ImagesNo matter what weather you experienced this Memorial Day weekend, we know you know you're not supposed to get a tan-let alone a burn. But let's say you screwed up and it happened, or it might happen later this summer. After you kick yourself (and swear you'll never do it again-not to be all Debbie Downer, but according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 90 percent of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure), here's what to do:
1. Take a chill pill: Aspirin and/or Ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation and redness. And help out with that excruciating pain.
2. Bring on the plant juice: Aloe vera is definitely every mom's go-to for burned skin, but it's so sticky you can end up glued to your seat. Triple Lanoli Hand and Body Lotion With Aloe Vera can be found in drugstores (or on this website), and costs under $3.
3. Drink it up: Think you were dehydrated after drinking your weight in wine this weekend? Drink a lot of water now.
4. Soak it up: Take a bath, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology. It will be soooooothing.
5. Take it easy: Now is the time to bust out your biggest, most cottony granny panties and pair them with a diaphanous, natural fiber dress. Synthetic fabrics can irritate your skin, cause general discomfort, and help the whole shebang peel. And flaking skin kinda looks even worse than reddened welts, if that's even possible.
Skin savior tips for peeling and more!
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