Hawaii is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. With striking tropical plant life, massive waves, miles of shoreline, and a unique and colorful culture, there is so much to love about the Hawaiian Islands. As you explore, play, and relax on the islands, don’t forget to pack a good sunblock and use it regularly.
While we hope you are able to return home with a wonderful tan, we will share our best tips for dealing with a sunburn in case you need them. When you are ready to plan your trip to Kapalua Bay in Maui, be sure to contact Aloha Vacation Villas to reserve your Hawaiian vacation rental.
Tip # 1 Cool it Down Quickly
One of the first things that you should do when you discover that you have a sunburn is to take steps to cool down your skin as quickly as possible. Since the temperatures are warmer in Maui, you’ll want to head indoors to your Hawaiian vacation rental right away to access cool water.
You can use ice to make a cool compress, but make sure that you never put the ice directly on the affected skin. Contrary to what you might think, the direct application of ice will not help cool your skin down. It may, in fact, cause a cold burn on top of your sunburn, which means more pain and damage.
Additionally, you can take a cold shower or soak in a cold bath. If you decide to take a cold shower, make sure that you do not use rubbing motions with your washcloth, loofah, or other applicator as this will cause further irritation and damage to your skin. Always use a patting motion both while showering and also when towelling off.
Tip # 2 Moisturize Your Skin While It’s Still Damp
Your skin is likely still damp when you notice the sunburn because you were either swimming in the water or sweating from sunbathing on the beach. If your skin is still damp, then make sure to gently apply a light, unscented, moisturizing lotion. Never use anything that is petroleum- or oil-based as these will actually trap the heat in, making the burn worse, and creating more pain for you. Regularly apply the moisturizing lotion as needed to minimize peeling skin.
Tip # 3 Let Your Skin Breathe
While you may have been looking forward to wearing your brand new pair of skinny jeans for the evening, this would be a bad choice for your sunburned skin. Inflammation will be setting in, which means that your body is trying to increase the flow of blood to assist with the healing process in the damaged area. Increased blood flow means that you will probably experience redness and warmth in addition to the inflammation. Tight clothing will only amplify these sensations, and could possibly lead to even more swelling and blisters.
If you didn’t pack a lot of loose clothing items, then be sure to take advantage of all of the unique local shops and take home some authentic Hawaiian clothing.
Tip # 4 Reduce Inflammation and Pain
As we just mentioned, one of your body’s primary responses to a sunburn is to begin increasing the flow of blood to the area, which is the reason for your inflammation. Inflammation, however, is often part of the reason that you experience pain and discomfort in addition to the pain from the sunburn.
There are several over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that you can take, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which means that you can continue taking them until the pain from the sunburn and inflammation subside.
There are also steroid creams with reduced potencies that are available OTC. Make sure to look for cortisone creams that are just one percent. You can use this cream for several days to help soothe redness and swelling. Additionally, take advantage of products that contain aloe vera as this plant contains properties that have been shown to soothe burns.
Tip # 5 Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
One of the biggest impacts that a sunburn has on your body is that it draws your body’s fluid to the surface. This can cause you to quickly become dehydrated, so make sure to increase your water consumption to compensate for the loss of water caused by the sunburn. Additionally, you can enjoy foods that are naturally high water-volume foods, including watermelon, strawberries, and especially pineapple, which is abundant on this beautiful island.
At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want you to have the most fun and relaxation during your next visit to Kapalua Bay. If you get sunburned in the midst of all your fun, remember to follow our tips to help reduce effects so that you can get back to your vacation! Call today to reserve your Hawaiian Vacation Rental.