by Christina

With gorgeous weather and sunny skies during summer months, it's natural to want to spend the time outdoors. Unfortunately, unless we avoid the sun completely...many of us are bound to get a bit too much sun exposure, resulting in an unsightly, unwelcome burn! 

So, what actually causes the burn? It could be many different things from little to no application of sunscreen, the need for a higher SPF, or simply just spending too much time in the sun. If your on medication, that may also promote sensitivity to UVA/UVB rays. Check with your doctor/pharmacist if needed. If you know you will be spending a day outdoors, be sure to apply your sunscreen often. Nothing is "sweat proof" or "Waterproof" and needs to be reapplying according to the amount of SPF count. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face, and light cotton clothing to avoid UVA/UVB rays from penetrating through.

If it's too late for prevention and you're actually experiencing sunburn, Try out these effective treatments that are guaranteed to soothe in seconds (some of them may surprise you!):

Cold Shower: After a day out in the sun, head right to the bathroom for an ice cold shower. The cool water will bring your body temperature down and provide instant relief.

Cooling Mask: If the burn is on your face, pop a gel mask into the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once cold, lay down and place the mask over your face for as long as needed.

Aloe Vera: Old school yes, but still one of the most effective treatments to date as it helps to fight pain, peeling, infection and inflammation. Before applying, be sure the product is 100% pure aloe vera, no need for added chemicals! Don't have a bottle handy? Snip a leaf off of an aloe vera plant if you've got one and squeeze the liquid out.

Milk: Sounds strange, but works wonders on roasted skin! Put some ice cold milk into a spray bottle and apply where needed or draw yourself a bath with a mixture of milk and cool water. Be sure to use regular milk, not skim...the fat is actually what helps to alleviate the burn!

Apple Cider Vinegar: Yet another use for one of my favorite household items! Apply onto skin with a cotton ball for relief if blistering and peeling occurs.

Though it can be tempting, Avoid the sun for a few days until your sunburn has healed. Hydrate the area often, to prevent peeling and to help increase the longevity of your tan. Stick to these simple tips, and stay gorgeous and golden this summer!