There are a number of natural sunburn treatments available to provide comfort and help reduce the damage to your skin.
While getting burnt is best prevented, sometimes it happens unexpectedly. Then it is time to look for natural remedies.
There are varying degrees of sunburn so it is important to monitor it as it could become quite serious, particularly if it is severe sunburn which could result in blistering.
IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT APPEARANCES...
There is also a much greater risk to your skin from sun damage that is far more serious than blisters or aging.
SKIN CANCER is a very real risk from exposure to the sun, and prevention is absolutely the best way to avoid this risk.
As with any burn to the skin it is important to first remove as much heat from the skin as you can - and quickly!
Sunburn often appears slowly over the hours following your sun exposure, so once you realize you are burnt it still may not show you the full extent of the problem.
Cooling the affected area will help to draw the heat out of your skin - this can help reduce further damage as well as give relief.
TAKE A COOL BATH
A simple cool bath or shower is a good start in your sunburn treatment. Your whole body is cooled by the water and it can help you relax if the sunburn is uncomfortable. If the air temperature is really warm then you could also add ice to the bath for extra effect.
USE ALOE VERA
Apply Aloe Vera to the sunburn. The gel-like juice from the plant can be applied directly to the skin for both a cooling and healing effect.
Simply break a piece off the plant and peel off its skin. Gently run the peeled Aloe Vera over the skin, leaving a coating of soothing gel.
You will also find a cool, soothing Aloe Vera Sunburn Recipe here.
Aloe Vera is known to speed up the healing of wounds and burns, as well as possessing anti-bacterial properties.
There are also a number of Aloe Vera based commercial products available that feel wonderfully cooling on the skin. Just remember to read the label so you know what you are getting.
LAVENDER FLORAL BODY SPRAY
Mix up a floral spray of about 5ml of Lavender Oil in a liter of water that can be regularly sprayed on your sunburned body (avoid the face).
This will not only feel refreshing but is also healing. It will help draw the heat out of the skin to speed up the recovery and relief.
Lavender is one of only two essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin, so you can use this quite strong mixture without concern. Just remember that this natural sunburn treatment is designed to be used on the body, not on the face.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
If you have been out in the heat all day, the last thing you need is a headache and to become dehydrated. Not only will you feel better if you drink lots of water, but your skin will benefit also. The sun rapidly dries out your skin and body, so drinking lots of water will aid in a rapid recovery on the inside and out.
Sunburn can be very painful and finding relief is worth it!
Many of the sunburn treatments you will find here will also aid healing while giving your skin some relief.
Add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to your regular moisturizer and lather over your sunburn.
You can add Vitamin E into the cream for added skin healing benefits.
Chamomile Essential Oil can also be used alongside the Lavender.
Place some cooled, used Chamomile tea bags over the sunburn for localized relief.
ADD TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree is well-known for its healing powers. You can add it to your sunburn treatments alongside or instead of Lavender. The smell is not as pleasant but it is still a good option for sunburn relief.
Tea tree can also be used neat and directly on the skin, if desired.
ESSENTIAL BURN RELIEF
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