Sunburns: How to Deal

Cool Off

The body usually does a pretty good job of repairing its cells after a sunburn, but you can help your body out after a sunburn by hydrating your skin. Paula Moskowitz, MD, PhD, a dermatologist at Brown University, advises against using ice, as it may damage the skin even more. She recommends reaching instead for a cool wet washcloth to soothe the skin. Another option to cool you down is to take a cool bath.

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July 1, 2015

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July 1, 2015