The Best Homemade Remedy for Sunburn, According to a Dermatologist


Often thought of as an unfortunate consequence of having a little too much fun in the sun, sunburn is actually a serious threat to your overall health. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, suffering just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence can double the chances of developing melanoma. Get five or more burns before age 20 and your risk jumps by 80 percent.

Clearly, sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more is crucial. But if you’ve found yourself outdoors for longer than anticipated or just didn’t come prepared with UV protection, there is a way to resolve the discomfort that a sunburn can bring. Speaking with Business Insider, dermatologist Erin Gilbert shared a simple home remedy that can speed healing.

Gilbert recommends that sunburn sufferers take washcloths and soak them in a bowl of milk that’s been placed in the refrigerator. When the cloths are chilled, apply them over the areas of the burn. The cooler temperature of the compress will draw heat away from the burn, while the lactic acid in the milk helps remove blistering skin so the area heals faster.

Gilbert says aloe vera also works for topical pain relief, but that commercial lidocaine and benzocaine provide only temporary numbing. Taking aspirin or an anti-inflammatory like Motrin is better for reducing discomfort.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has also made note of some things not to do. Applying ice directly to a burn is not recommended. Showering for prolonged periods can dry out the burn, so try to expedite bathing. If you develop blisters, don’t pop them—your skin is healing and it’s best to leave it alone. Most importantly, avoid any further sun exposure. If your clothing lets light pass through when you hold it up to a window or lamp, it’s probably too thin to protect your skin from further damage.

[h/t Business Insider]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]