No beers, sorry. Instead, the recommendation is all water, all the time, because sunburn dehydrates you. As Delphine J. Lee, MD, PhD, dermatologist, and director of the Dirks/Dougherty Laboratory for Cancer Research and Department of Translational Immunology at John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA, explains, "The sunburn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body," which is a recipe for disaster. Not only are you suffering from a sunburn, but you're drying up inside, which can escalate to a serious medical issue. So, while this doesn't erase your life's mistakes, it can help stave off an even bigger world of hurt.
Also, you should note that some drinks are definitely bad for you while recovering from a sunburn. Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, dermatologist and founder of Epionce Skincare, warns, "Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are pro-inflammatory." Bummer, especially since they dehydrate you, too.
Improvise with the contents of your fridge
You can apply compresses of cold water, sure, but why not rifle through your fridge to see what else you can work with? Dr. Dendy Engelman, dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, says that you can fashion cold compresses out of way cooler stuff than water, including milk, cucumbers, or even yogurt. She also suggests getting out that bag of frozen peas that you'll never eat and giving those a go, too.
Get the hell out of the sun
No surprises here, but some people need to be told the obvious -- additional ultraviolet light exposure will continue to burn you, according to Dr. Lee. It also feels absolutely terrible. She says, "With any sunburn, you should avoid the sun while your skin heals. Be sure to cover the sunburn every time you are outdoors."
Of course, prevention is the key. So next time, lather your ass (and everything else) up with sunscreen, and don't forget to reapply after a couple of hours because you'll probably sweat it all off. Even the water-resistant stuff doesn't last forever.