8 All-Natural Sunburn Remedies
If you are a regular follower you know how much we love to go to the beach. After all, sun exposure can be great for your skin in many ways. It promotes a healthy hormonal balance and the production of vitamin D, along with a host of other benefits. However, moderation is key. Too much sun can be detrimental to your health, triggering cancer and even accelerating the skin’s ageing process. You should keep this in mind throughout the year, but with summer here, it’s especially important that we all take steps to protect ourselves and our children. That is why you need these 8 All-Natural Sunburn Remedies for Summer.
Unfortunately, it can be easy to slip up, and skin care products (which may contain toxic chemicals) aren’t always safe. Luckily there are many natural alternatives that can work just as well in treating sunburns – many of which you can probably find around your house. Read on to learn about these 8 All-Natural Sunburn Remedies.
This is the fastest way to bring relief to inflamed skin. Just dip a compress into cold water and apply it throughout the day as needed. For a more powerful effect, use witch hazel. This astringent is known to provide longer-lasting relief and can be more practical for large burns (just wipe a thin layer onto the skin with a cotton ball).
Aloe is well-known for its soothing and healing properties. You can extract it straight from the plant or pick up a gel/lotion when you go shopping. Just be sure to watch out for preservatives.
While this solution isn’t as fast-acting as some of the other remedies listed, it is nonetheless very important when dealing with burns. After all, burned skin is dried-out skin, so hydration will be necessary in the healing process. Keep plenty of water close by while you’re recovering.
- Oatmeal bath
If your burns are really bad, nothing will give you relief like a nice oatmeal bath. All you need is about two cups of rolled oats and a clean tube sock. Just fill up a bath with cool or tepid water, then pour the oats into the sock, tie it, and let it soak in the water for a few minutes. While the cool water soothes your burns, the polysaccharides in the oats will coat your skin and assist in the healing process. When you get out of the tub, allow your skin to air dry or pat it down gently with a towel. Simple!
Plain yogurt can work wonders for burned skin and help speed up recovery thanks to its abundance of probiotics and enzymes. Just mask the affected area and allow it to sit for five or so minutes. Then gently rinse it away with cool water.
Cucumber is another great food containing antioxidant and analgesic properties which both soothe burned skin and accelerate healing. For instant relief, just lay a few slices over your skin and flip them when they become warm. If you want the soothing effect to last longer, place one or two cucumbers in your freezer until cold. Then place them in a blender, adding aloe or cornstarch if you want to thicken up the mixture, and apply the paste to your burns.
- Essential oils
If you happen to have some lavender or helichrysum, both are wonderful aids in sunburn recovery. Application is simple. Just combine a few drops of oil with water in a spray bottle and spritz the mixture onto your burns for quick relief.
When it comes to burned eyelids, some of these remedies won’t be very practical. That’s where tea bags come in. Green tea contains tannic acid and theobromine to heal burns and reduce swelling. Just soak a couple of bags in cool water and place them over your eyes until the pain subsides.
As the summer days go by, keep these 8 All-Natural Sunburn Remedies in mind to recover from mishaps without resorting to potentially dangerous chemicals. Above all, do your best to become diligent about using sunscreen. Wear it every day and, if you go to the beach, reapply after every swim. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble down the road!