First aid for sunburns — 4 Comments

  1. I’ll never look at a shot glass in the same way. I guess I’m not using enough sunscreen.

    • I’m definitely not recommending taking sunsceen poppers! Or taking a shot glass with you to the beach. One ounce really is quite a bit of suncreen, but a thick slathering is most effective. It doesn’t make sense to spend money on suncreen (and it is expensive, I think, even the cheaper brands) and then not use enough to protect yourself.

  2. I’ve noted that you steer your readers away from Solarcaine, but what about aloe gel? That’s generally what I turn to if one of my family members gets sunburned.

    • Sorry for the delayed reply, Kadoo. I just returned from Florida! Aloe vera has long been touted as a topical treatment for burns, including sunburns, and minor wounds. However, at this time there are no large, high-quality studies that support the use of aloe vera to treat burns. Small studies, however, show no statistically significant improvment in healing when using aloe vera. It’s not expensive and probably won’t hurt (unless you’re allergic to it), but if money is an issue, don’t buy it. An inexpensive moisturizing lotion will likely be as soothing.