16 Natural Remedies to Cure Your sunburn
Nothing kills a summer buzz like a sunburn! Your day of summer fun is winding down and what do you know? Despite your best efforts to apply, and reapply suntan lotion, you’ve wound up with a lobster red sunburn. And boy, is it painful and itchy. Symptoms like redness and pain can surface within hours of overstaying your welcome in the sun. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to reverse the damage, but you can take steps to soothe your skin. Here are 16 tips and home remedies for sunburn that are simple, fast, and effective.
- Take a cool bath to cool your sunburned skin. Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to the bath to help balance the pH (acid or alkalinity) of sunburned skin, and promote healing. Add some lavender or chamomile essential oil too to help relieve some of the stinging and pain. Adding 2 cups of baking soda will help ease irritation and redness.
- While sunburn leaves the outer layer of your skin in shambles, moisturizer can help seal the top layer of broken skin, offering protection from infections and irritation until the skin repairs itself. Use lotions that contain Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize peeling skin. Some aloe products contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that can help relieve sunburn pain.
- Drink lots of water, juice, or sports drinks. Your skin is dry and dehydrated. Replacing lost body fluids will help your skin heal from sunburn more quickly. What many people don’t realize is that the water in fruit counts, too. One large wedge of watermelon provides more than a cup of water. Other hydrating fruits include honeydew melon and cantaloupe; each contains about 5 oz of water per cup.
- Topical over-the-counter (OTC) 1% hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn symptoms like pain, itch, and swelling.
5.When taken within the first few hours of sustaining a sunburn and every four to six hours thereafter until the pain subsides, an OTC pain reliever can help relieve sunburn pain and inflammation and expedite recovery. Once swelling subsides, your skin cells can get down to the dirty work of repairing the sunburned skin’s barrier and generating new skin.
- Apply cool milk with a clean cloth to your sunburned skin. The protein in the milk cuts skin irritation and creates a protective layer around the damaged skin. Like milk, yogurt has proteins and fats that can keep painful inflammation at bay. To get relief, apply yogurt to all sunburned areas, rinse off in a cool shower, then gently pat skin dry.
7.Use lettuce. Did you know that your favorite lunch starter has analgesic properties? To reap the benefits, boil lettuce leaves in water, strain, and then let the liquid cool several hours in the refrigerator. Dip cotton balls into the liquid and gently dab onto irritated skin.
- Sunburns hurt! Follow your urge to reach for something cold, just make sure to do it right. Wrap an ice pack in a damp cloth and hold it over the burn. This will absorb some of the heat from your skin, constrict blood vessels, and reduce swelling. You could even take a bag of frozen peas, for instance, and use that. But make sure to wrap it first so that you’re not placing the icy package directly against your skin.
9.Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement. Vitamin E oil also can be rubbed onto peeling skin.
- Apply freshly brewed tea after it has cooled to sunburnt skin using a clean cloth. Add mint to the tea for a more cooling effect. Black tea is full of antioxidants that are very beneficial for treating irritated and sunburned skin. Tea has tannins that help protect the skin from UV radiation damage and reduce inflammation. It also aids in restoring the skin’s pH balance.
- Cucumbers have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties. Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected sunburned areas including the face. Cucumber also can be soothing for peeling skin following sunburn.
- Boil and mash some peeled potatoes, let cool, and apply as a dressing to sunburned areas. It is believed that the starch in the potatoes helps draw out heat, which can reduce pain and speed healing. The starch content and pain relieving properties present in potatoes provide relief from stinging sensation, irritation, itching, inflammation and discolouration caused by sunburn. You can rub a potato slice on the sunburn or follow the below process.
- Cornstarch also can be mixed with water to form a paste that can be applied to skin to help soothe the sunburn.
- Sleeping with a nasty sunburn can be challenging, but you need to rest for your body to recover. Try sprinkling talcum powder on your sheets to minimize chafing and friction.
15.Tight clothing and snug straps can chafe and trigger painful blistering on skin that’s already damaged. To save yourself from aggravating the area, wear loose clothing that doesn’t stick to the skin, even if it means wearing a strapless bra to keep sunburned shoulders bare. Synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon blends will keep the skin cool.
- The best way to avoid sunburn is PREVENTION.