As soon as possible, drink a green drink (found in cold produce section in grocery store) followed by two glasses of water. Sunburn is a injury that produces acid wastes in the body. Neutralize the acid, restore skin ph, and “moisturize” the skin from the inside out with pure water. Increased water intake is needed for the next week because your skin will demand more to assist in healing.
Take a cool, soothing aloe vera gel bath to head off blistering. If skin is already painful and inflamed, open 6 slippery elm capsules and drop into the bath water. This mild anti-inflammatory cools inflammation, both inside and outside the body. Do not use hot water or chemical bath products. Do not put baby oil on the skin afterward. Do not use any powder.
Make your own soothing skin gel to lock in moisture and speed healing. Mix in 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel to 2 ounces natural vegetable glycerin. Keep refrigerated. Need a good overnight facial moisturizer? Mix 1-tablespoon jojoba oil into this, and pat on your face.
During the healing process, keep your skin covered outside. Since most sun blocks contain high levels of drying alcohol you have to avoid them while you are healing.
Take TwinLab good tasting, emulsified (creamy orange flavored) Cod Liver Oil (Vitamin A source) daily to speed skin cell healing. Following instructions on label, do not overdose. Take 3000 mg. of Ester C daily to boost collagen production for new skin cells.
Most people do not understand that skin cancer is caused by a depressed immune system that, in part, has been damaged from the radiation of the sun. The skin cancer may appear years later. Tanning beds also promote cancer by depressing the immune system.
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