We know, you forgot to reapply the sunblock, right? Or maybe you uttered the famous last words, "I never burn." But instead of a golden tan, you were left with a lobster-red hide that makes wearing clothes nearly unbearable. Here's how to relieve the pain and keep your skin from getting crispy.
For the next 24 hours, take two anti-inflammatory pain relievers (aspirin or Motrin), every six hours to help alleviate the sting.
This will reduce the surface temperature of the burn. Use a gentle soap like Kiehl's Body Fuel wash which is packed with Vitamin E and cooling menthol.
Burt's Bees After Sun Soother ($15) 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."