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10 Home Remedies for Sunburn


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Cool Off With a Soak
If you take a cool bath, remember to avoid using soap and skip the washcloth and bath sponge.
If you take a cool bath, remember to avoid using soap and skip the washcloth and bath sponge.
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Slipping into a tub of chilly water is a good way to cool the burn and ease the sting, especially if the burn is widespread or on a hard-to-reach area (such as your back). Avoid using soap, which can irritate and dry out the skin. If you feel you must use soap, use a mild one, such as Dove or Aveeno Bar, and rinse it off well. Definitely skip the washcloth, bath sponge, and loofah. Afterward, pat your skin gently with a soft towel. If you're tempted to linger in the tub for hours, skip the bath and take a cool shower, instead. Ironically, soaking too long can cause or aggravate dry skin, which can increase itching and peeling.


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