Want to treat your sunburn naturally? Would you like relief without all the nasty fillers found in store-bought products? Or maybe just looking for something safe for your kids?
You’ve come to the right place.
If you’re anything like me, the sun will burn you to a crisp in just a few minutes. One time, I spent a few hours on the beach on a summer day, and I will never forget that pain. My back was dark red. The burn blistered, peeled and was painful for weeks.
Even my husband who is blessed with a wonderful olive skin-tone and never got sunburned in his homeland of Turkey, gets burned by the intense rays here.
So, I’ve compiled some of the best ways to treat sunburn naturally right here for your convenience.
Treat sunburn naturally with…
- Aloe Vera – If you have it in your garden, just break open a leaf, scoop out the flesh inside, mash it and apply to the burn. Aloe Vera is very easy to grow and I recommend keeping some in your yard (or in a pot) if sunburns are a frequent occurrence.
- Greek yogurt – this is a sunburn remedy from Turkey. Just apply plain-old “Greek-style” yogurt to the burn and wash it off after about 20 minutes. Because of the lactic acid and pro-biotics, it will reduce inflammation and redness.
- Green Tea – Steep green tea and allow to cool in the fridge. Soak a washcloth in the tea and apply to the burn for at least 20 minutes. If you have sunburn on your back, you can also add the remaining tea to a cold bath for a soothing soak. Green tea is full of antioxidants and other helpful compounds. It’s now commonly found in skin care products for soothing irritation.
- Vinegar – the acid in vinegar may help to gently remove dead cells and reduce inflammation. It’s also anti-microbial and will prevent infection. To use, dilute vinegar in cold or chilled water, soak a washcloth in it and then apply to the burn as a compress.
Benefits of Using Natural Remedies
- Avoid hormone disrupting and toxic chemicals used in topical pharmaceutical products.
- Save money by not buying expensive products which you may not use before they expire. All the above remedies are edible, drinkable or can be used for other purposes.
- Fast relief no need to run to the store or pharmacy, you probably have something you can use in your home.
Other Tips for Sunburn
- Stay hydrated.; this will help your skin stay hydrated which is important for optimal healing. Dry skin won’t heal well.
- Don’t use ice. Ice is a no-no for burns of any kind as it restricts blood flow to the damaged areas, causing more cell death. If you need relief, use cold running water instead.
- Protect the area from sun. Cover up the burned area whenever you go out. Protecting your skin with clothing is the best method to prevent burns, even better than sunscreens. Make it your first choice for sun protection.
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