Summer days spent outside often mean the occasional sunburn, no matter how careful you are. Here are some simple home remedies to make you feel better.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there are several things you can do to alleviate the discomfort of a sunburn. Be on the lookout for large blisters or severely damaged, raw patches of skin – they could indicate a need for immediate medical attention.

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Go for the H2O

In addition to drinking more water to stay hydrated, taking cool showers will make you feel better. You can also apply a cold, damp cloth to the area whenever you need it. Just be careful not to scrub or irritate the area, and let the water do its magic.

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Moisturize

Whatever you do, stay away from petroleum-based creams and lotions. They can trap the heat and make you feel worse. Natural ingredients like soy and aloe vera will help soothe your skin, so look for them on the label.

Using fresh aloe is also simple. Just cut a small piece off of the plant, peel off the green outer skin, and apply the clear gel directly to the affected skin. Aloe plants are easy to grow indoors and you can find them at most garden centers.

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Medicate

Over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin and ibuprofen are fine to relieve the swelling and redness of the sunburn. Do not exceed the recommended dosage and see a medical professional if they don't seem to help. 

Be Gentle

Give yourself time to heal and treat the burnt skin very carefully. Do not scrub at it with anything abrasive, and keep the area moisturized and clean. Keep the affected skin protected when you're outside by wearing loose clothing that covers it. Whatever you do, don't expose it to direct sunlight again.

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Prevention is the best way to keep a summer sunburn away. Wear a hat and loose, flowy clothing when it's sunny out, and be generous with the sunscreen. Reapply it frequently throughout the day, especially if you'll be outside.

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