Summer is here. It’s time for summer break, vacations and SUNBURN. At some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced the effects of sunburn. The good thing is that there are a lot of sunburn remedies to help you out. Sunburn affects every skin color and type. I know my melanin friends tend to believe that we don’t get suburned because we are dark skinned but that’s not it. Maybe it’s because when you look up what sunburn is the information you get is more aligned with caucasian people or those with a lighter complexion.
Now let’s talk about how you can sooth sunburn pains be it on your skin or on your kids. The sting of regret of inadequate protection (from UV exposure) can be an excellent incentive to plan more carefully on ‘future’ occasions. However, it’s of little help in soothing the immediate physical sting on your skin that’s accompanying sunburn. Here are 4 quick natural home remedies to help ease the pain of sunburn, and help the skin’s healing process:
Cold Milk Compresses
Soak a soft cloth or cotton gauze in cool whole milk, and dab carefully onto the burned skin. Do this for around 20 minutes, and follow by rinsing off with cool water. The fat and lactic acids in milk are known to have soothing qualities for sunburned skin. Due to the importance of the milk’s fat content, it’s important that whole milk be used in this treatment.
Cool sugarless tea
The tannin in tea is the active ingredient in this case. It helps to soothe and relieve some of the discomfort of sunburned skin. Brew a big pot of tea, and allow it to cool completely, then slosh the affected areas with a soft sponge or washcloth. You could also use a spray bottle, and spray the tea directly on the skin. Don’t throw away the used (cool) teabags. These are especially great for the sensitive areas around the eyes. Simply place the teabags over your eyes if they feel hot and tired. If you have ‘St. John’s Wort’, consider using this as it contains cooling properties, which can help tone down some of the heat in your skin, as well as soothing the nerve endings damaged by the sunburn.
Aloe Vera is a known common treatment for sunburn. Apart from providing soothing relief, it may also assist in the healing process. Apply aloe vera to the affected areas as needed. Although the gel extracted directly from an aloe vera plant works best, if you don’t have ready access to one, just use an ‘over the counter’ Aloe Vera Cream that contains the gel. For this to be effective, the cream should contain a higher concentration of Aloe Vera than it does water or other solutions.
Water is one of the easiest sunburn remedies available. When you have been exposed to the sun for a while, your body loses water and essential body salts. Dehydration occurs when your body loses too much fluid, and begins to reabsorb fluid from the blood and other body tissues. To prevent the consequences of dehydration, increase your fluid intake to ensure you adequately re-hydrate your body for optimum recovery and health. You can also spray the burned area with water to ease the pain.
Sunburn should of course be avoided where possible particularly as it’s adverse effects not only include damage to the skin, but also the increased risk of skin cancer. Wear protective clothing and don’t forget to put on sunscreen when going out. Prevention and protection should always be considered the best treatment for sunburn, and will assist in ensuring your optimum long-term health! Take care of your skin.