You go outside, sit by the pool, and hope to get the perfect tan.  After 30 minutes that golden brown tan you had hoped for is bright red and extremely painful, what happened?! Despite countless warnings about the side effects of long term sun exposure, a majority of us still subject or skin to the dangerous rays of the sun. With nearly 70% of adults admitting they have gotten sun burn in the past year, it is important to take proper precautions to ensure this does not happen to you. Simply put, sun burn is when your skin is exposed to the sun for an extended period of time resulting in it turning red and burning. But, under your skin UVA and UVB rays can cause further damage to your skin over time leading to more serious complications like melanoma. How fast you burn depends on three factors:

  • Skin Type
  • The intensity of the sun
  • Length of exposure

If your sunburn is severe enough it could lead to painful blisters, swelling, nausea, headaches, and feelings of weakness. After a couple of days the skin will begin to peel and itch as your body looks to remove the damaged skin cells. If you are looking for relief from sun burn here are some home remedies:

  • Cold Compresses
  • Creams or Gels such as Aloe, Menthol, or  Camphor
  • Hydration
  • Avoiding the Sun