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How staying "cool" can help you treat your sunburn

According to doctors and consumer reports, there are a few things you can do to help you heal faster if you end up with a sunburn over the fourth of July holiday.

Most people know that a moisturizer with aloe vera is a good way to help reduce the pain and promote healing. But, did you know, another trick to faster healing is to remember the word cool.

dr. Curt litter | physician

"You can take a wash cloth or hand towel, soak it in very cold water, and then just apply it to the skin for 5-10 minutes," said Dr. Curt Litter.

"And you can actually refrigerate the aloe vera and get it cool and that cooling is helpful too," said Dr. Litter.

Besides water, Dr. Littler says you can soak that compress in cool milk because lactic acid can help soothe the skin.

Immediately after sunburn, take aspirin or ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.

Of course, prevention is the best advice. Use plenty of sunscreen before you go outside for the holiday activities, even if it's cloudy.

 But if you end up with a burn, the key is to treat yourself quickly.


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