Pop some pills. For the next 24 hours, take two anti-inflammatory pain relievers (aspirin or Motrin), every six hours to help alleviate the sting.
Take a cool shower or bath. This will reduce the surface temperature of the burn. Use a gentle soap like Kiehl's Cross-Terrain wash ($15.50) which is packed with aloe and cooling menthol.
Apply a burn-relieving lotion. Burt's Bees After Sun Soother ($13) gently hydrates sun-parched skin with aloe and coconut oil. Not up for a drugstore run? "One of the best remedies is to soak a wash cloth in cold milk and apply it to the burn," says dermatologist Dr. Craig Austin. "Lactic acid naturally soothes and moisturizes the skin, and helps to get rid of dead skin cells."
The estimated new cases of melanoma reported in the United States this year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.