4 Steps to Soothe a Sunburn

Rory Evans, Allure magazine

"Did someone order lobster?" Comments from friends only add insult when you lapse and get a sunburn. Here's how to minimize the pain and damage…and snarky asides.

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1. Pop an anti-inflammatory
like aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and pain.

2. Soak it in. Draw a lukewarm bath and mix in colloidal oatmeal, which moisturizes and limits inflammation, says Shamban. (It's available from Aveeno.)

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3. Try an antioxidant.
Shamban recommends drinking fresh-squeezed orange juice. Rubbing on a vitamin C cream will also soothe the burn, Shamban says.

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4. Moisturize
. Use your regular body lotion, or, for flaming red spots, Fusco recommends aloe-either in gel form or directly from the plant.

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