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Cool a Sunburn with These Amazing Home Treatment

Cool a Sunburn with These Amazing Home Treatment
Mau Briones

Spending a day at the beach with friends and family is fun and enjoyable. You get to swim and relax under the sun and listen to the sound of waves on the shore. Unfortunately,  painful sunburn is often a result of this happy gathering to the beach. Worry no more and don’t let your sunburn ruin your vacation.

You already know the simple explanation behind sunburn. A simple sunburn may appear red on your skin that is hot to the touch or a little painful but in extreme cases, overexposure can be life-threatening. How soon sunburn begins depends on your skin type, the sun’s intensity, and how long you’re exposed to the sun.

Simple home treatment for sunburn is something you’ll be glad you knew about when you need it. Here are a few home remedies:

  1. Apply a cold compress to your skin for immediate sunburn relief or take a cool bath to soothe the burning sensation.
    • You can also do the bath therapy to soothe sunburn pain by adding 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to promote faster healing and help balance the pH level of the sunburned skin.
    • To relieve the itchy feeling of sunburned skin, soak in an oatmeal bath water.
    • To relieve the stinging and pain of sunburned skin, add some lavender or chamomile essential oil to your bath water.
    • To help ease irritation and redness of sunburn, add 2 cups of baking soda to your bath water.
  2. Treat your sunburned skin with the use of aloe vera paste. Take a mature leaf and remove tough outer skin. Blend it to make a paste and apply liberally to the affected area, taking care not to burst any blisters. Leave it on as long as you can. Reapply frequently. The leaf pulp of this succulent plant is considered the ultimate skincare product whether the skin is damaged or not. It feels cool on the skin and provides pain relief.
  3. To ease sunburn discomfort, apply a cool milk or yogurt on your sunburned skin. It will create a protein film that seals the moisture in and soothes sunburnt skin. If you are bothered about the milk smell, you can add 3-5 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil. Wash off the milk film on your skin after a few hours and repeat the process until your sunburned skin heals.
  4. Apply a fresh brewed black tea after it has cooled down to your sunburned skin. Doing this will ease the burning sensation you feel. You can also add mint for more cooling effect. Black tea has tannic acid that helps draw heat away from sunburned skins and aids in restoring pH balance. For your sunburned eyelids, soak a tea bag in a cold water and apply to your eyelids and let it stay until it becomes warm. Doing this will soothe the burn and reduce the pain.
  5. Chill and then mash the cucumber using a blender to make a paste and apply to your sunburned skin. Cucumber is known for its antioxidant and analgesic properties that help soothes sunburnt skin.
  6. The starch in the potatoes helps draw out heat which can reduce pain and speed up the healing process of the sunburnt skin. Make a dressing by boiling and mashing cool potatoes and apply on affected area. You can do this step using a tomato.
  7. Apply a coconut oil directly to the inflamed skin. It will create an oil film on your skin to seal in moisture preventing skin from drying out. Coconut oil is one of the best oils for skin care. Besides the antimicrobial power provided by lauric acid, coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects too.
  8. Honey is a gift from nature that is well known for its many benefits including home remedy for burns. Besides having antibacterial properties, honey is hydrophilic which means it can draw out fluids from tissues. When honey is applied on the blisters, it draws out just the water and makes the covering of the blisters thicker, reducing the risk of accidental breakage. You can apply unheated organic honey directly on the skin or mix it with powdered oatmeal to make it stay-put longer.

Prevention is the best remedy when it comes to sunburn. Make it a habit to use a sunscreen when going outside, wear a protective clothing, sunglasses, and hat with wide brims to protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays.

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