To get rid of a sunburn fast, take a cool shower or bath to cool your skin, but avoid using soap, which can dry out your sunburn. Afterward, let yourself air-dry, since using a towel may cause discomfort. Apply an aloe vera gel or a deep moisturizer at least twice daily to reduce dryness and peeling.
Avoid petroleum-based or other oil-based creams as these may trap heat and make your sunburn and peeling even worse. Try to moisturize right after you bathe, when your skin is still damp, to help seal in moisture. Buy now: Shop for aloe vera, cortisone cream, or aspirin.
How to Remove Peeling Skin From a Sunburn
If you’ve spent any time out in the sun, there’s a good chance you’ve been cooked by the rays beating down on you. Even a short exposure to the sun, while your skin is unprotected, can lead to a painful and irritating burn. Knowing how to properly care for sunburn can help minimize the discomfort and speed up the healing process.
How to Remove Peeling Skin
Taking care of your skin after a sunburn requires patience and time. As tempting as it may be to rip the hanging skin off before you head out to work, it’s important to allow the skin to fall off on its own.
Improperly removed sunburned skin can lead to further irritation, scarring, and infection. You can properly remove peeling skin from sunburn if you take it slow and follow certain steps.
For added relief, mix baking soda into your bath water, which has been shown to help relieve inflammation and itching.
Soak in a soothing oatmeal
Another option: Add oatmeal and olive or coconut oil to your bath. Colloidal oatmeal helps tamp down inflammation and reduces itching, and you can find the ingredient in I’m Fabulous Skin Care products, like their soothing bath treatment. You can also simply grind up plain oats in your food processor and add to your tub. Mix the oatmeal treatment with cool bath water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Afterward, gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Rubbing your skin to dry off will only irritate it further.
Ice-cold water is great. Pour water and ice into a bowl, soak a cloth in the liquid, and place it over the burn. Repeat this process every few minutes as the cloth warms. Apply the compress several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes.
Apply a skin care oil with natural organic healing ingredients like Blue Tanzy and Hemp oil.