Outdoor recreation is supposed to be a fun time. However, too much of a good thing can be harmful, sometimes that fun in the sun can turn into a nasty sunburn. A simple soothing tip is to apply shaving gel on the burn. The gel won’t rub in like lotion, but it does contain the same ingredients – eucalyptus, aloe, and menthol – that is in all those sunburn products sold at the store. Shaving gel is cheaper and will cool, soothe and reduce itchiness.There are other ways to treat sunburn. Most of the aloe gels have Lidocaine in them. Lidocaine is basically an anesthetic used to numb the burn. Sensitive people do not respond well to gels with Lidocaine. Then there is Bensocaine; studies say that this chemical does strange things to blood-oxygen levels. Fortunately, most companies have decided to remove Bensocaine from their gel products.The first thing you should do when you know you have a sunburn is to take some aspirin or ibuprofen. These will help with pain and inflammation. Then try the shaving gel. Another good non-chemical option that helps stop the itching is wet oatmeal – just make into the consistency of thick paste and put it on your sunburn. Leave it until it dries, then take a cool shower to wash it all off. Camphor will help your skin cool down, and chamomile tea works wonders as a natural anti-inflammatory. Most moisturizing creams contain these ingredients. When you get a sunburn you have damaged your skin; you have also dried it out. Use any lotion that is alcohol free (which will burn your burned skin even worse) and apply often to keep your skin moisturized. With care and time your skin will soon be back to normal.