Sunburns. We’ve all had them. But, what are they? A sunburn is the result of your skin getting too much exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays. A bad burn has a significant impact on your risk for developing skin cancer. Sometimes, you forget to reapply sunscreen or are out in the sun longer than you planned on being and a burn happens. Here’s what to do:

1.) Hydrate

When you get a sunburn, you get inflammation in the skin similar to what you might get from a burn from touching a hot surface.  It’s important to hydrate the skin and help repair the skin barrier as quickly as possible. Try using a lotion with aloe, and for ultimate relief, stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes before applying.

2.) Handle the Swelling

Taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pill (like Advil), can help reduce swelling and redness, plus help you deal with any pain.

Putting an ice pack on the burn can also help bring swelling down.

3.) Protect your Blisters and Your Healing Skin

If your burn blisters it’s important to keep any blisters from popping. Don’t try to pop them yourself, or pick at them. You also risk infection by popping your blisters.

Once your burn heals, using a Vitamin C serum on the skin can be very beneficial. The antioxidants in Vitamin C can help minimize the harmful aftereffects of a burn: free radical damage.