Best Remedies for Sunburns

Every day our skin is exposed to solar rays.  If exposed to them long enough, a sunburn will follow.  These types of burns occur when ultraviolet rays penetrate the skin and cause tissue death in the dermis, leaving unsightly red skin that can also be very painful.

When the skin suffers damage from overexposure to the sun, it is important to treat it quickly as it can adversely affect the health and appearance of the skin.  Although there are many different products on the market to prevent sunburnswhen the skin is already burned the best thing to do is to apply a natural remedy to refresh and restore it.  In the following article, we’re going to show you a few of the best remedies for sunburns.

Stay in the shade

If you’re suffering from a sunburn, the best thing to do is stay in the shade, as further sun exposure will only make the burn worse.  If you have to go out, wear clothing that covers well and, if possible, protect the face with sunscreen and a hat.

Cold Water

cold shower

 

When the skin suffers damage from the sun, one of the first things that you should do is take a cold shower to cool and refresh the affected area.  If possible, apply cold compresses for a few minutes at a time to soothe burned skin.  Above all, it is very important to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration as the body loses water and essential salts from sun exposure.

Cold milk compresses

Milk is a great remedy for relieving sunburns.  The lactic and fatty acids in milk work to soothe sunburned skin.

How do I use milk for sunburns?

Dip a clean, soft cloth in a good amount of whole milk.  Gently massage into the sunburned area and leave for 20 minutes, then rinse with lots of cold water.

Chamomile tea

chamomile tea

 




Chamomile is a plant that boasts soothing medicinal properties, making it ideal for relieving pain from sunburns.

How do I use chamomile?

Prepare chamomile tea and let completely cool.  Put it in the fridge or add a few ice cubes to cool it faster.  Once it’s cold, use a good piece of cotton or a towel to apply to the affected area.

Aloe Vera

Aloe-vera

Aloe vera is one of the most used remedies for sunburns.  Not only does it ease the pain of the burn, but it also regenerates tissues and helps you recover faster.

How do I use aloe vera?

Squeeze the gel from the aloe vera plant and apply directly onto the sunburned area.  It’s also recommended for internal use; make an aloe smoothie with water or juice.

Oatmeal

oatsOatmeal is ideal for hydrating sunburned skin as it smooths and restores the damage that results from sun exposure.

How do I use oatmeal?

Mix oatmeal flakes with a good amount of water to form a paste.  Gently massage the paste over the affected area and leave for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water

Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best remedies for treating sunburns.  As well as alleviating pain, it prevents blistering and peeling.

How do I use apple cider vinegar?

Do not apply apple cider vinegar directly to the skin as acetic acid may cause a negative reaction.  It is recommended to first dilute the vinegar with an equal amount of water.

You can apply compresses made with the diluted vinegar for 15 minutes to the affected area.  After 15 minutes, soak the cloth in fresh solution.

Apple cider vinegar baths are another option.  Just add two cups of vinegar to the bath water.

Remember…

The best way to treat sunburns is to avoid them in the first place.  It’s very important to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun by using sunscreen, drinking plenty of water, keeping the skin hydrated, following a healthy diet, and daily cleansing and exfoliation.