You know you have sunburn if your skin is reddish, hot and painful to the touch and you feel fatigued and dizzy.
It’s that time of the year again, where people likes to stay outdoors, go swimming, hit the beach or just simply walk around. It’s summer! The sun is up, the temperature is sizzling and our clothing is light. With all your summer activities lined up, everyone is prone to get sunburned without the proper precautions, and those sunburns can really hurt.
Sunburn is defined as a form of radiation burn that is the result in the overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. You know you have sunburn if your skin is reddish, hot and painful to the touch and you feel fatigued and dizzy. Although there are over the counter treatments to sunburns, there are also natural remedies for it. The following natural remedies are as follows.
This magical all around ingredient can be used to treat sunburns. The reason behind this is because of its alkaline nature and antiseptic properties; the said properties can relieve itchiness. Take a bath with baking soda by filling your bathtub with cold water and adding a cup of baking soda to it, soak in the tub for 15 minutes and allow your body to air dry. Alternatively, you can mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with water until it forms a paste. Apply the mixture on your sunburn and leave it for 10 minutes before washing it off with tepid water.
This ingredient has soothing properties, which can retain the skins natural moisture and reduce irritation. For those with bathtubs or any kind of tub you can soak into, fill the tub with cool water and add a cup of oatmeal, soak for about half an hour. Once you get out, let it air dry. Another option is to cook the oatmeal with water, you should have a runny consistency, let it cool and apply to the affected area, do not rub the oatmeal on your skin, leave it for 30 minutes and rinse off with cool water.
This ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties that deals with symptoms of sunburn and can also soothe the pain. If you have an aloe vera leaf, extract the gel and refrigerate for 30 minutes, apply the chilled gel in the affected area and allow it to dry on your skin. Repeat as necessary.
Tea is full of antioxidants that treat irritated and sunburned skin. Brew a teabag in hot water, let it sit for a few minutes, remove the teabags from the hot water, let it cool and use a cloth to soak in the solution and apply directly on the affected part of your skin. Leave it on until it dries out.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This ingredient can speed up the healing process. If you would like to use it in a tub, fill the tub with lukewarm water and add a cup of ACV. Soak in the tub for 30 minutes and once done allow to air-dry. You can also try, mixing ACD and cook water, then soak it with paper towels, which you will place over the affected area. Leave them on until the towel dry out.
For new sunburns, immediately use cool compress. This can reduce inflammation and pain. Cold compress causes the blood vessels to constrict that minimize the inflammation.
And lastly, do not skip the SPF!
Don’t just apply sunscreen—remember to reapply every two hours. UV rays, from sunlight, are the primary cause of hyperpigmentation. You can protect your skin by using wide brimmed hats and sunglasses, and a high sun protection factor (SPF) sunscreen. Make sure you’re also taking steps to prevent spots from forming by using products that contain skin-lightening ingredients. You can find it in products like Beaublends Whitening System