A lot of people enjoy laying out under the sun to get a tan. One thing some forget to do is to protect themselves from the dangers of the sun and the harsh damages it can cause to their skin.

To protect your skin over the summer and to help relieve pain from a sunburn if one does occur, we’ve put together a few tips:

Use Sunscreen

This tip is obvious to most, but some of us ignore or forget it when going outside. Using sunscreen protects your skin from sunburns and potentially from skin cancer. The best way of choosing the right sunscreen is by looking at the SPF label on the bottle. The higher the SPF, the higher the protection. Don’t give up healthy, younger looking skin in favor of a tan. Apply sunscreen each time you go outside.

Ladies, if you have a hard time remembering to apply sunscreen every day, try using a daily moisturizer with SPF under your makeup.

Wear a Hat

Hats can be stylish and, most importantly, protective during the summer days. To help cover your hair, face and ears, it’s best to wear a wide-brimmed hat to prevent sunburns. If you decide to wear a baseball cap, make sure you apply sunscreen (with a minimum of 15 SPF) for best protection.

Act Quickly

As soon as you start feel the sting of a sunburn happening or reddening of the skin, remove yourself from the sun immediately and begin treatment. Even people with a touch of pinkness on their skin should take caution because sunburns tend to develop over a 4 to 6-hour period.

Do you currently have a sunburn? Don’t worry. Here are a few remedies to ease your pain:

Avoid Soap

When your skin is dry and flaky, it’s best to avoid soap as it soaks away the moisture from your skin. You want to keep your skin moisturized to help heal the affected areas. Use skin moisturizers with vitamins C and E to help build moisture for quicker recovery and repair damage.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is used to treat wounded and burnt skin. Applying Aloe vera gel or spray will help your skin recover from a sunburn. Try storing Aloe vera in your refrigerator. Chilled Aloe vera will cool your skin down and bring rapid relief.

Cold Compress & Baths

We all know that uncomfortable feeling we get from bad sunburns. Preparing a cold, wet towel or soaking in cold water can help relieve some of the stinging.