There’s nothing better than spending the day at the beach. I can’t think of a better place that offers a ton of fun in the sun mixed with the perfect amount of relaxation. However, throw in one unexpected element and your beach days can head south pretty quickly. I’ve put together some beach day quick fixes and sun burn remedies to ensure you prepare for a Gulf Coast beach vacation.
Jellyfish Stings Remedies
Nothing can put a hurting on your vacastay than a visit by one of these locals. If you find yourself dealing with a mild or moderate jellyfish sting, you can easily treat it. However, if the sting seems to worsen or covers an area larger than half of a limb, please be sure to see a doctor.
First and foremost, get out of the water. The last thing you want are more stung areas or victims. Rinse the stinging area with salt water. Don’t rub it with a towel. Don’t use fresh water or rubbing alcohol. If you can see a stinger still lodged in the skin, remove it with tweezers or the edge of a stiff credit card. (Be sure to wash the card to prevent contact with the nematocysts later.) Mix salt water and baking soda and apply it to the stung area. Let the paste sit for several minutes and rinse with salt water.
Another remedy if baking soda isn’t available, is to pour white vinegar over the affected area. (If stung by the Portuguese Man o’War, do not use vinegar, since this can cause the stinging sensation to worsen.) OTC pain medications and ice packs can be used to reduce pain and swelling.
Sun Burns Remedies
Sunburns can range from slight discomfort and pink skin to severe pain and blazing red blistered skin. Any burn resulting in moderate to severe pain or blisters should be treated by a doctor. However, light burns can be treated with items you probably already have on hand like like the ones listed below. Here are our handpicked sun burn remedies.
Milk and tea
Milk can be used straight from the carton and applied with a cotton ball to help soothe and cool burnt skin. Adding 3-5 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil will enhance the cooling, soothing effect.
Freshly brewed, cooled tea soothes and eases sunburn. Steep the tea after boiling for thirty minutes and remove tea leaves/bags. Soak cotton ball in tea and apply to burned areas or spritz with water bottle filled with tea. Adding mint or lemon essential oils (up to 10 drops) enhances the soothing effects. In case you are wondering I prefer green tea, as I enjoy putting these tea bags over my eyes afterwards.
Oatmeal and Lavender
One of my favorite sun burn remedies is a mixture of oatmeal and lavander oil. Add oatmeal and 10-15 drops of lavender oil to a lukewarm bath. Soak for up to thirty minutes and enjoy the anti-inflammatory and pain relief.
Aloe Vera and Honey
Both Aloe Vera (in natural and lotion forms) and Honey are healing to skin damage. Apply liberally to skin and allow to soothe the skin as long as you can with stand it. Wash off with warm water. Reapply often.
To avoid peeling, treating the skin with olive oil does wonders for rehydrating the epidermis and reversing damage done by excessive sun exposure.
The best cure for dehydration is prevention. Keep a cooler of drinks (preferably water and not soda) with you throughout your stay on the sand. However, at the end of the day, if you find yourself feeling dehydrated, try eating 1-2 bananas each day during your beach vacation. Bananas have high potassium content and restore your body. Green tea, Apple Juice, Lemon Water, and Cranberry Juice are wonderful sources of nutrients and antioxidants. Drink three 8-ounce servings each day to counteract and prevent dehydration. Coconut water can restore your sodium and potassium, which makes it one of the best ways to naturally treat dehydration. Kids can be a bit of a challenge, so if your kiddos are drying out, hand them a pickle. Pickle juice is high in sodium and is a wonderful remedy for restoring electrolyte balance.
Lather up on the sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and you should be able to avoid needing these remedies. The beach is a wonderful place to make memories and have fun in the sun. Grab that beach towel and book your stay with The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach!