Natural Sunburn Remedies…
Sunburn…just another part of a fun filled summer right? Wrong!!!
The dangers of overexposure to the sun are many it is so important to protect yourself with sunscreen!!
So..you didn’t think the sun was that strong and you have a case of excruciating”I can’t move or my skin will crack” sunburn. 🙁
Here are some natural remedies that are sure to bring you relief….
Cold Compresses – If your sunburn is localized you can use a cold compress soaked in witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, green tea or baking soda.
Black Tea – For localized sunburn black tea bags can work wonders. Brew tea…place cooled tea bags on burnt areas. Black tea is high in antioxidants which can help your skin heal quickly and the tannic acid found in tea helps relieve pain.
Oatmeal – An Oatmeal bath is incredibly soothing to a sunburned body. You can grind up about a cup of Oatmeal and add it to a lukewarm-cool bath or you can buy Oatmeal specially formulated for your bath. You can also add dry oatmeal to some cheesecloth…run under cool water and use as a compress on affected areas.
Milk – Milk creates a protein film over your skin to help ease the pain of newly sunburned skin and encourage healing. Use fat free milk on a cloth..apply cool..not cold.
Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is my go to favorite for any type of burn. If you have an aloe vera plant..just break off a leaf and apply the gel to your sunburn. You can also buy Aloe Vera in the store. Store it in your refrigerator for extra cooling relief.
Cucumbers – Cold Cucumber slices can be placed on sunburned areas or mashed and applied to larger areas.
Epsom Salt & Baking Soda – Mix 1 cup @ of Baking Soda & Epsom Salt into cool bath water and soak away the pain.
Calendula Ointment – Found in most health or homeopathic stores…calendula ointment is considered great for severe sunburn with blisters.
You should avoid taking a hot shower…heat makes the pain worse and encourages blistering….creams containing petroleum (vaseline) or benzocaine can make your sunburn worse by keeping in the heat….try not to pick at, scratch or peel your sunburned skin. Let your skin do its own thing in its own time to avoid infection. 🙂
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