ummer is close at hand, and with this season comes the glorious sunshine! The only downside to summer, that I can think of anyway, is spending hours outside in the aforementioned glorious sunshine and getting, you guessed it, sunburn.
If like me you have fair skin, then you know how easy it is to get more than just a tan! Wearing sunscreen can only protect your skin from the sun for so long before you have to reapply it, and if you forget or just don’t put any on altogether, sunburn strikes and you spend the next few days (or weeks!) with sore, red skin.
Thankfully, there are some natural remedies that can alleviate the pain and redness associated with sunburn. Many of these have cooling properties and can aid in quicker healing. However, it is always worth doing a 24 hour skin test, on a small area, before slathering yourself with a suggested remedy. Most of these are mild, but you want to be sure that you aren’t going to have an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients.
10 Natural Sunburn Remedies
☼ Prevention – Obviously the best way to remedy sunburn is to not get burned at all. Stay in the shade, cover up, and wear sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to the sun for long periods.
☼ Aloe Vera Gel – 100% pure aloe vera gel should be available at your local health food store. Keeping it refrigerated will add to it’s cooling effect.
☼ Oatmeal – Oatmeal is not just a breakfast item, as it can also be used to soothe dry, inflamed, itchy skin. Just put the oatmeal in a sock, coffee filter, or a similar piece of material, and tie it off with an elastic band or piece of string. Place the oatmeal pouch in the tub while you are running a bath, and leave it in there while you bathe.
☼ Witch Hazel – Witch hazel is rich in tannins, which have been found to be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
☼ Mint – Mint is antipruritic and antiseptic, and can also soothe irritated skin.
☼ Cucumber – Cucumber is widely regarded for it’s cooling effect on skin.
☼ Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer, as it contains fatty acids that are good for your skin. However, do not put this on if you are going to be exposed to the sun anytime soon.
☼ Rose Water – Rose water is hydrating, and can relieve itching and redness because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Check out our recipe for DIY rose water.
☼ Water – Make sure you keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You can also topically apply a cold water compress to the sunburned areas to cool the skin.
☼ Cover Up – If you are going to spend time outdoors while sporting a sunburn, cover up with loose fitting, light colored clothing. There is nothing worse than having sunburn on top of your sunburn!
Whenever you have blisters or open cuts, please don’t use any products containing essential oils, as they may further irritate your skin. If your skin is very painful, or you are experiencing symptoms other than mild pain and redness, please consult a medical professional.
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