There is nothing worse than getting a sunburn, but if you've ever had it happen to your lips, you probably know that's one of the most painful places ever. Sadly, it's also the hardest to treat. Ugh. So is basic chapstick really going to cut it? If you don't know how to treat sunburned lips, you definitely want to make sure you learn how before stepping out in the sun this summer.
We're in the sun so much during the summer months that sunburns can kind of be inevitable, especially in places like your lips that are harder to shield from the sun. While you might slather aloe vera all over your arms and legs when they get burned, you may not be entirely sure what to do when your lips get burned. And that's definitely something you want to soothe ASAP, because chapped, burned, cracking lips are not fun and — needless to say — not cute.
But even though your plain old chapstick may not cut it when you get a burn, there are plenty of easy ways to help your burned lips heal as fast as possible. If your lips get sunburned this summer, reach for one of these, but remember to always use a chapstick with SPF to protect against burns in the first place.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Pills
Take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to help relieve the pain from the burn.
3. Cold Compress
To relieve pain, wet a washcloth with cold water and apply to the lips for 15 minutes a few times a day.
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4. Aloe Vera
It's your go-to for regular burns, and it'll work on your lips as well — just make sure you choose an unscented, pure gel.
If none of the above are cutting it, apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream twice a day for three days.
Just remember, after you are healed, you can prevent this from happening again by applying lip balm with SPF. You've been warned!
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