We’ve all done it … somehow by either not putting on enough sunscreen, a strong enough sunscreen, missing a spot or two with the sunscreen or just plan being stupid and not using any at all. SUNBURN!
Well during my lifetime I’ve been burned many times … especially as a child and then as a teen when back then we used Baby Oil and Iodine!!! AND often laying on the roof of our house or one someone’s black trampoline … to attract the sun’s rays. WHAT WERE WE THINKING? Cooking ourselves … literally!
If you’re like me and you’ve been BURNED … you too have tried many of the products out there for sunburn relief: Solarcaine, Aloe and as a child I even took baths in Vinegar or Baking Soda … eeeeew! Relief, yes … temporary, yes … peeling, itchy skin a few days later, yes!
Well a few summers ago while on a trip with some friends to Myrtle Beach, I apparently missed covering a couple large spots on my shins with sunscreen … well I missed my shins entirely, if you want to be truthful. BURNED so badly I could hardly walk without pain. I had the old standby of Aloe … the one with Lidocaine and kept applying it every few minutes with no relief. It was so bad I was even taking an OTC pain reliever for pain … to no avail.
Well my friend, Kevin, says … “Alcohol” … I’m like “yea a drink would probably make me forget about the pain” LOL … he’s like “no, I mean Rubbing Alcohol”. I told him he was crazy … absolutely nuts! Rubbing alcohol? Now that would burn it all over again … wouldn’t it? Well a short while later I was willing to try anything … ANYTHING … so on went the Rubbing Alcohol … applied with a tissue … and very gently, I might add. IT WORKED! Relief was unbelievable and instant. Now I had to re-apply it often for the first few hours and then after that … complete relief. I’m talking COMPLETE RELIEF! Nothing but a cooling sensation! No burning, no itchy skin later and best of all NO peeling skin!
Now, unfortunately I’ve had the opportunity to use Rubbing Alcohol several times since then … BURNED … and have even recommended it to family and friends who are also convinced that it works. Cheap and easy and best of all … IT WORKS! Someone should package it in a spray bottle, maybe give it a better scent or something and market it because I’m telling ya’ll … IT WORKS!