Summer means sea, sun, and happiness. It’s time for fun outdoor activities and soaking up the sun.
But with the too many hours that we spend outdoors during this hot season, most of us experience the inevitable sunburn.
Fortunately, there are many household items that you can help you cool down the burning, as well as itching and peeling, that come with skin damage from the summer sun.
Check out these 8 amazing home remedies for sunburn
that can help soothe and heal your skin
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1. Cool Water
Sunburn is technically inflammation of the skin and one of the simplest ways to treat inflammation is to cool down the inflamed area.
So, an effective way to ease sunburn right away, even when you’re outside, is to jump in the water, be it a stream, lake, or ocean. Immersing in and out of the water throughout the day can prevent your sunburn from getting worse.
Remember to be wary of pools because they contain chlorinated water, which can increase your skin’s irritation. Also, avoid directly applying ice when your skin is burning, even though it looks appealing, as it could actually cause even more damage.
2. Baking Soda & Oatmeal
To minimize sun damage on your skin, fill a bathtub with cool water, sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda over the water, and soak in it for about 20 minutes. You can also add a cup of oats to your bath because oatmeal will help you soothe irritation, prevent more damage, and make your skin maintain its natural moisture.
While in the bath, don’t ever try to scrub your skin, and even after getting out. Dry yourself using a soft towel. Without rubbing!
3. Aloe Vera
Having an Aloe Vera plant in your house is very important, as it has countless benefits. In fact, the inner gel of this plant has been used since a very long time for all kinds of ailments, and it also happens to be a great sunburn reliever.
To use it, break off a chunk of the plant and apply the gel directly on your skin. This will provide instant soothing relief from the uncomfortable stinging of minor sunburn.
If you can’t find a plant, try a 100% aloe vera gel, not an aloe-based product. These gels are available in most pharmacies.
4. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea cannot only calm your spirit but also calm the demons coming out of your sunburned skin. To use it, brew the chamomile the tea as you usually would, let it cool completely, and once cooled, soak a piece of cloth in it and apply it gently to the burning area.
In case you’re allergic to pollen, then this treatment isn’t good for you because it could make things worse by causing an allergic reaction in your skin.
The use of vinegar for sunburn relief is highly debated. While some people say that pouring two cups of vinegar into a bathtub of cold water can help relieve the sting, others think that the high acidity levels in vinegar would only make things worse.
So it can be effective, or not. Generally, if you have never used vinegar before to treat small light sunburns, you should better avoid using it for larger and more serious burns.
6. Wear Loose Clothing
Sunburn is a really rough experience for your skin and it will need some time to repair itself. So, you need to make sure to only wear clothes that aren’t tight and don’t stick to your skin.
The best thing you can do for your skin is to give it some space to breathe while it heals from this major traumatic episode. You should consider trying natural fibers, like bamboo or cotton, as they are the best post-sunburn coverings.
7. Drink Lots of Water
After being sunburned, your skin enters a battle against the damage caused by the sun’s rays in order to be healed. So, it desperately needs the moisture that it lost while you were sunbathing out there.
In case you aren’t already having your daily eight glasses of water, then it’s time to start doing so. You should make sure to stay hydrated, especially during summer.
8. Don’t Forget the Moisturizer
After applying the primary treatment, your skin now needs some gentle loving care. One of the best things you can do to prevent your skin from peeling, or at least minimize it, is to frequently apply the moisturizer to the sunburned areas.
To get the best result, purchase a moisturizer that is marketed for sensitive skin and it should better be scent-free and dye-free in order to help limit your skin irritation.
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