You’ve probably been taught from the time you were younger what you should do if you have a sunburn. Apply aloe. Wear loose clothing. Remember your sunscreen next time. (If you don’t wear sunscreen to avoid a sunburn, at least do it to avoid skin cancer.)
But what about warnings for things you shouldn’t do? Your sunburn is already ruining your fun summer day plans. Have a group of friends headed to the beach? Too bad you have to stay home. You were invited to a sunny day picnic? No can do, unless you bring a huge umbrella. Without even realizing it, you might be letting this torture go on for longer than it needs to.
Even simple things, like the food you eat and the clothes you wear, could be messing with your sunburn. Did you know late-night snacking could affect your skin? And even activities that seem benign, like going for a run or scratching a bug bite, could cause a lot of unexpected pain if you’re burnt. If you spent a little too long in the sun, avoid making these mistakes.