On my last vacation at the beach, I was with someone who said that her sunburn always turns in to a tan the next day.  It's never a good idea to burn in the sun and the cancer centers and dermatologist offices in the Southern Tier can prove it to you.

If you do spend time in the sun, use common sense and don't use oils and sunscreens with low SPF, or worse yet, no SPF protection and make every effort to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.  The power of the sun is not the same sun from 20 or even 10 years ago.  Use common sun sense.

Here are 5 things you can do to treat sunburn:

  1. Hide -  It's never to late to take cover.  Find the shade or hide under an umbrella. And just because you are under an umbrella or blanket, doesn't mean you shouldn't put on more sunscreen.
  2. Take a cold shower -  According to Men's Health, “Cool water also decreases excess blood flow to the skin, which will help reduce inflammation and redness,” according to Kavitha Reddy, M.D., director of dermatologic surgery at Boston Medical Center.
  3. Moisturize -  The more moisture the better.  Creams with aloe and OTC hydrocortisone creams are the best, but stay away from "any lotions or creams with ingredients like benzocaine (or other ingredients that end in “-caine”), though. They can irritate your burned skin or cause an allergic reaction."
  4. Shop - aspirin or ibuprofen can be your friend.
  5. Drink water -  Flush your system out by drinking plenty of H2O.

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