7 Steps to Soothe Sunburn Symptoms

July 05, 2016 7:00 AM

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re having fun outside. If you find yourself with a sunburn, there are simple ways to relieve the pain.

This summer, remember to practice good sun safety. Protect your skin; seek shade; wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher and broad spectrum, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays). You’ll also need to reapply sunscreen every two hours to stay protected — or more often if you’re swimming or sweating.

SEE ALSO: Need-to-Know Guidelines to Spot Skin Cancer

Without these precautions, you can get a sunburn as your skin receives too much exposure from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Although it may seem like a temporary annoyance, sunburns can cause long-lasting damage to the skin, spurring signs of premature aging and increasing the risk of skin cancer.

If your skin starts getting red out in the sun, try these techniques to feel better fast.