Summer is upon us again which means, of course, long hot days spent enjoying the sun (hopefully!). That does mean though that many people are likely to neglect to protect themselves and to overdo things and end up with painful sunburn. Luckily there are many highly effective natural remedies for sunburn, some of which I’ll briefly discuss here…
Natural Remedies For Sunburn
Aloe is a very common natural treatment for burns because of the way it stimulates your skin to heal. It helps to reduce the pain and any swelling, and also moisturizes your skin too. To use it, just take the leaves from an aloe plant and cool them in the fridge. Then cut through the sides of the leaves and split them along their length to reveal the gel they contain. Scoop out this gel and gently rub it on the burned areas of your skin. If you like, you can store the gel in the fridge or freezer for a while first to ensure a nice, cooling gel that you can apply.
Epsom salts are also very good for dealing with sunburn, especially the pain. Simply dissolve tablespoons of the salts in about 8oz of cold water. Then take a clean cloth and soak it in the resultant solution. Squeeze the cloth to remove any excess solution – so the cloth is damp, but the solution isn’t dripping everywhere. Then just place the cloth on the sunburned skin and leave it their for about 15 – 20 minutes.
Peppermint oil is lovely and refreshing; it’s naturally cooling and aromatic, and works wonders when it comes to easing the pain of sunburn. Just rub the oil gently on your burned skin.
Tea contains tannin which helps to promote healing. Just make some tea and then leave it to cool before applying it gently to the burned areas. Any kind of tea works for this, but for extra cooling and relief, try using peppermint tea.
Yogurt contains lactic acid which is great for boosting the production of collagen. This in turn helps with the regeneration of your damaged skin. Simply apply the yogurt to the damaged areas of your skin and massage gently.
The best way of dealing with sunburn is to protect yourself in the first place and make sure you never get burned. But accidents will happen, and if you do get burned, then try using the above natural remedies for sunburn to promote the healing of your skin, and to reduce the pain.