How to soothe summer sunburn with an FSA

An FSA-Eligible Expense

Sunscreen is among the most popular sun care products you can purchase with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), but even hyper-vigilant sunscreen users can be caught out in the sun for too long from time to time and sunburn is the inevitable result.

No matter what the severity of your sunburn may be, knowing how to treat it effectively with a series of over-the-counter (OTC) products and pain relief medications to help you bounce back as quickly as possible. When you or a loved one's skin begins to showcase that well-done lobster look after a day in the sun, these ideas are a great place to get started.

1. Moisturize and medicate

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, time is of the essence when treating sunburns and symptoms will only get worse if they go untreated. Start by treating the skin with lotion that contains beneficial vitamins C and E,

2. Medicate

Use an FSA eligible OTC medicine (when prescribed by your doctor) such as ibuprofen to limit the pain and swelling that comes with sunburn.

3. Aloe Vera treatments

An FSA eligible OTC product, aloe provides relief from heat and itching, and can also cool the skin naturally to begin the healing process. Check out Gold Bond's Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion with Aloe. This item requires a prescription to be reimbursed with an FSA. Easily submit your prescription to FSAstore.com and we can help you get reimbursed!

4. Provide cooling relief

Cold therapy with FSA eligible cold packs could offer some much-needed relief from sunburn as well.

5. Shop for sunscreen with your FSA

Avoid sunburn through optimal skin protection before you step outside. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, re-apply every few hours if you're near water or perspiring, and take special care of kids as well. Check out our Healthy Skin Sun Care Bundle.

6. Drink plenty of water (it's not FSA eligible, but it's a must!)

Burns by nature will draw liquid away from the rest of the body and onto the affected area, which can raise the risk of dehydration. If you experience sunburn, consume extra water, sports drinks and juices in the days that follow, as well as being mindful of the symptoms of dehydration.

There's a long summer ahead, and you don't want to miss out on the fun because you can't go back out into the sun! Be sure to visit FSAstore.com to purchase sun care essentials like pain relief medications, sunscreen, cold packs and everything you'll need to prevent and treat sunburns all summer long.

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