A fun day at the beach can be a punishing night if your sunblock wore off, or worse, you forgot to put it on. It’s a fact, that rubbing alcohol burns like the sun when you have an open wound on your skin. That is because it rushes to any bacteria or infection to kill it quickly before it can spread into the blood. It’s the best sanitizer on the planet.
However, to what might be a surprise, rubbing alcohol is amazing for sunburn, without causing any pain.
Rubbing Alcohol For Sunburn
I know it sounds crazy to think about blazing sunburn that aches to the brush of a feather could be extinguished by rubbing alcohol of all things, but it’s true.
The rubbing alcohol can penetrate deep down into the layers of skin and put out the fire without causing pain.
You’re Still Cooking
Summer days are wonderful for your health. When you go out into the sun, the sun warms you from the outside in. However, if you aren’t proactive, the sun can cause severe health issues. Picture a chicken in the oven. The chicken cooks from the outside in. That’s why you have to use the right temperature, so the chicken can cook thoroughly, right? Well, in this case, you’re the chicken. Not literally of course. But just like the chicken, the sun bakes your skin to a nice golden tone, hopefully. However, if the sun is really hot and you are not wearing sunblock, you’re going to burn.
When you come in from the sun, your body is still cooking from the inside. Back to the chicken, when you remove it from the oven, it will cool down on the outside, but when you break it open, it is still steaming. That’s how our bodies are; they’re still cooking until they cool down completely.
Quench the Fire
Using rubbing alcohol on your skin after being in the sun will quench that internal fire, so you don’t continue to burn and end up in serious pain later.
Before you shower or relax after being in the sun, splash rubbing alcohol on your skin, being sure to avoid cuts or open sores. The alcohol will absorb into the skin, putting out the heat of the sun quickly.
Add A Little Aloe
After using the rubbing alcohol on your skin, it will feel tight for a few minutes. That is because it is sopping up the extra oils that are acting like cooking oil in your layers of skin. It will relax soon enough, but if you want to add a little moisture back into the skin quickly, apply some aloe. Aloe is good for sunburn as well, so you’ll get a double treatment on your over-cooked skin.
How Long Are the Effects of the Sun?
You can continue to have effects from the sun up to 3 hours after taking shade. Using rubbing alcohol on the skin will extinguish the continuing burning from the inside, and out.
Only use rubbing alcohol if you don’t have open wounds and you don’t have any adverse reactions to alcohol.
Be sure to apply sunscreen a half-hour before spending time in the sun. It allows the sunblock to set before being exposed to harmful UV rays. Stay safe when out in the sun. Be sure to have places and areas to take shade when needed. Most of all, stay hydrated when spending time out in the sun.
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