Summer, what a wonderful time of year. Longer days, more sunshine and our need to be outside enjoying the nice weather. With the nice sunny weather comes the risk of sunburn. As much as we try to remember to coat ourselves with sunscreen, sometimes we forget. Before we know it, we’ve got a sunburn.
After getting a sunburn, taking cool baths or showers help to relieve the pain. Drinking water to rehydrate your body is important also as the burn removes fluids from the body. Also applying some kind of moisturizer to the burnt area helps to relieve pain and soothe the body. There are lots of store bought ready to use after burn gels and lotions available but if you’re unable to get to the store and need immediate relief, here are some suggestions of items you might have in your cupboards.
1. Coconut oil – Always a great choice for a skin moisturizer. Coconut oil is great for nourishing dehydrated skin.
2. Tea bags – After brewing a pot of tea, use the tea bags on a sunburn. Black and green tea have soothing properties that calm the skin after a sunburn.
3. Apple cider vinegar – Dilute a small amount with water and apply to the sunburn. Using a spray bottle or washcloth, gently spray or rub on sunburned skin.
4. Milk – Soaking a washcloth in equal amounts of cold milk and cold water then apply to the sunburn. Leave for about 1/2 hour and rinse off. This soothes and reduces swelling.
5. Aloe vera – At one time every household had an aloe vera plant. If you have this plant, pinch off a piece and cut it open to get to the gel inside. Rub it on the sunburn for instant cooling relief from the heat of the sunburn.
6. Baking soda – Make a paste of baking soda with cool water and spread it on the sunburn. This cools the sunburn.
7. Essential oils – Adding about 20 drops of sandalwood, lavender or chamomile to bath water treats the pain of the sunburn. Soak for about 20 minutes.
8. Witch hazel – Soaking a washcloth in witch hazel and applying to the sunburn helps reduce swelling, repair damaged skin, and ward off bacteria.
The list of natural treatments of sunburn goes on and on. Instead of going to the store for a treatment, look in your cupboards for a natural choice that isn’t toxic for your body and saves you money!
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