Really, Really, Bad Sunburn
You screwed up. You got scorched. Now move on.
Take two ibuprofen to dull the pain and reduce swelling, says Brandt. Jump in a cool shower, gently pat skin dry, and then place bags of frozen peas over the burned areas. Dab on a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, and then keep skin well hydrated with a fragrance-free after-sun lotion (Graf likes Aveeno Skin Relief 24HR Moisturizing Lotion with cooling menthol and natural colloidal oatmeal). "Aloe soothes the skin and helps with inflammation, too," says Brandt, who recommends staying out of the sun—as in, you are now a vampire—until the burn heals.