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Good to Glow: Our Sun-Safety Skin Guide

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How to Treat a Sunburn

If you have an outdoor oops, head inside and practice the 3-S rule to banish the burn.

Swallow an Anti-Inflammatory

"Take two aspirin or ibuprofen every four to six hours to relieve pain and redness," says Dr. Mark.

Shower with Tepid Water

Cold H2O can be drying, so stick to room temperature, which tightens capillaries and soothes irritation. Lather up with a glycerin-rich body wash (try Nivea Touch of Smoothness Moisturizing Body Wash, $5.99, drugstores) to hydrate, then pat dry.

Slather on Aloe

Immediately apply a gel version (a good one: Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturizing Daily Body Gel, $5.49, drugstores) to lock in moisture; avoid anything with drying alcohol. Slather it on throughout the day to prevent peeling. (On the go? Tote a portable spray such as Vichy Thermal Spa Water, $7, vichyusa.com.)

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2009.

 

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