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So long sunburn: 3 easy DIY remedies

Nothing's better than kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a long weekend of fun in the sun. Beaches, barbecues, swimming pools—you probably indulged in at least one (if not all three!) of these Memorial Day Weekend activities. But with all that outdoor fun can also come this not-so-fun dilemma: You swear you had SPF 30 on the whole time, but now, you’re red as a lobster. Hey, it happens to the best of us. 

We're here to help! Put down the after-sun lotion and try one of these crimson-ridding remedies instead: 

Got Milk? Make cold milk compresses by soaking a clean cloth in a bowl with equal parts milk, ice cubes and water. Then hold the cloth on the burned area for five minutes. Repeat three times. The fat, protein and pH of milk have a soothing anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. What's more, cold temperatures constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling.

It's Tea Time. Green tea is full of antioxidants and contains tannic acid that draws heat from the burn to restore the skin’s acid balance. Simply boil 1 quart of water and add 5 tea bags, then let sit for an hour so the tea's benefits can be extracted into the water. Next, strain and chill. Once it has cooled completely, soak a washcloth in it and place on the burnt skin. Let it sit and soak in. This will have an instant cooling effect and reduce redness in 8 to 12 hours.

Hello, Aloe. Nope, we're not talking about the straight-from-the-bottle stuff—because it's better to get soothing aloe vera gel straight from the source. Simply purchase an aloe vera leaf or two at your local grocery store and chill in the fridge. Once it has cooled, just snip off a portion of the plant, open up the leaf and rub the juicy portion directly onto the burn. Aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce swelling, allowing the healing to begin.  Plus, it also moisturizes the skin, helping you avoid the peeling normally associated with sun damage.

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