Without the sun, there would be no life on Earth and there would be no Earth. Sun is the number one life giver in our Solar system and life thrives on Earth because of it is at an optimal distance from the sun. But the sun can also hurt us or even kill us. Sunburn isn’t just aesthetically displeasing, but it can also be the start of cellular modifications that can lead to skin cancer. We’ve talked about some natural exfoliants for amazing skin and now it’s time we tackled some great home remedies for sunburn. Remember to always use sunblock and try to avoid getting sunburned as much as possible.
10. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is a real life saver when it comes to sunburn. It causes blood vessels to constrict and will soothe a burning skin and help tone down the redness. It is available in health stores or if you own an Aloe Vera plant you can make your own gel. Apply six times a day for a few days or until your skin is soothed.
9. Mint Tea Compresses
Mint tea soothes just about anything: an upset stomach, cold sores and even a bad sunburn. Dip them in hot water, then wait a couple of minutes until they cool down and apply them on your sunburned skin. Keep them on for at least thirty minutes. You can also make some mint tea and use a cloth for larger areas.
8. Baking Soda Bath
Adding a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to your bath will soothe your sunburn for sure. Don’t use more than a couple of heaping tablespoons, make sure the water isn’t too warm and also keep your soaking time down to 15 minutes. Too much in the water and your skin could get too dry. Resist the urge to towel dry your skin when you get out of the bath.
7. Have a Cool Bath
Nothing beats taking a cool bath when you have a sunburn. Your skin instantly feels better and you’re the itching is almost gone in water. Do not use soap, because it can irritate your already irritated skin. Towel dry gently and make sure you don’t spend too much time in the bathtub!
6. Stay Hydrated
The sun not only fries your skin, it also dehydrates it badly. Always make sure to drink plenty of water when you’re out in the sun, but also when you’re recovering from a sunburn. Giving your body the water it lost and it needs so badly is the best thing you can do for your body!
5. Use Potatoes
One of the most surprising home remedies for sunburn: potatoes! Take a couple of potatoes, grate them finely and put the concoction straight on your skin. Wait until the potatoes get dry and then take a cool shower. Apply several times a day and in a couple of days your sunburn should be gone.
4. Cold Compresses
To be honest, when you have a sunburn, there is nothing you would like more than to be dipped in a bathtub filled with ice! But that’s not really doable, so the next best thing is to apply cold compresses that will cool your burning skin and decrease inflammation. Make sure you change them when they get warm!
3. Corn Starch
Corn starch won’t really fix your sunburned skin, but it will help your skin from chafing, which can be hell when you have a sunburn. Dust some corn starch on your skin before you put clothes on, especially along bikini and bra lines. Whatever you do, do not apply petroleum jelly, because it will block the pores and delay healing.
The sun can really dry out your skin and when you have a sunburn, your skin is in alert mode. Help soothe it by moisturizing as often as possible and with natural ingredients, if possible. Try the miracle soother, coconut oil and apply it on your damp skin. It will soothe the burn and repair your skin in a matter of hours.
1. Cool Cucumbers
Cucumbers are probably the best way to soothe a sunburn. Place a couple of cucumbers in the fridge and leave them for a couple of hours or until they’re really cold. Thinly slice them and apply them all over your burned skin and leave them on until you no longer feel them cool on your skin. Cucumbers also have anti-inflammatory properties and will help repair your skin.
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