by Lucy Wyndham: You feel good after getting some sun on your skin – it boosts your mood and comforts you when stressed…
Just make sure you don’t get sunburned. One blistering burn can double your risk of skin cancer. And yet, sometimes sunburns still happen despite your best intentions. The most important things to do when faced with a sunburn are to encourage healthy skin regrowth and give your skin fast relief, while seeing it as an opportunity to be more mindful about your health.
To achieve relief from the burning, uncomfortable feeling associated with sunburn, look no further than your kitchen! There are many remedies for sunburn that can help to cool you down and heal your skin. Free of chemicals, they’re also better for your overall wellbeing. Here are some ingredients to reach for.
They’re a fruit that’s mainly comprised of water, so they’re great for eating when you have a sunburn to keep your body hydrated after the sun has dried it out. And, you can also apply cool cucumber slices to your skin.
This also feels nice and cool on burning skin, but yogurt can help to heal your skin. It contains zinc, which is anti-inflammatory. Apply it generously to your burns.
Some essential oils are really soothing for burned skin. These include peppermint oil and lavender oil. Peppermint contains menthol, which is naturally cooling and numbing. Mix it with some aloe vera gel and then apply it to your skin.
Lavender oil, on the other hand, has anti-inflammatory properties that ease redness after a sunburn. Have a warm bath with five to seven drops of lavender oil to soothe your skin. Lavender oil has been used for ages because of its healing qualities. Not just great for skin, it has wonderful calming effects.
It’s often used in skin scrubs because it helps to get rid of flaky, dry skin, but oatmeal can also be great for soothing sore skin because it’s anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants. Make an oatmeal paste by blending uncooked oats and then mixing it with honey and milk, before applying it your skin. Leave it on your skin for 20 minutes.
Since it’s got tannins, chemicals that fight bacteria and restore healthy skin, witch hazel is excellent for treating sunburns. Three tablespoons of it are all you need. Just soak some cotton balls in it and then dab it directly onto your burned skin. If you want to try a more potent substance to heal sunburns, mix a tablespoon of witch hazel and a teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Stir them well and leave them in a covered bowl for two hours to allow them to blend. Add some mint leaves and two to four teaspoons of cornstarch, and then pour the entire mixture into a jar. Let it sit in a dark, cool place for a full day so that it becomes cream-like in consistency. Apply it to your burns.
Boil some green tea, then add three cups of fresh mint leaves. Cover the liquid for an hour, and then strain it. Place it in the fridge to cool. Apply it with a washcloth to your skin. Your skin will feel cooled and healed, and this is a nicer alternative to putting ice on your skin.
It’s been claimed that chamomile is a spiritual plant that can increase your awareness and heal you, so reach for chamomile tea. It’s very soothing because of its anti-inflammatory properties, so boil some and then pour it into a bowl. Set it in the fridge to cool it, then soak a cloth in it and apply it to your burns. You can do this a few times during the day to give you relief and help you to destress.
You might not think of vinegar as being a solution to sunburn, but it’s great for skin. Apple cider vinegar is especially beneficial because it prevents blisters and peeling. Pour a cup of apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle, and simply spray your burns.
Mix some baking soda with water so that you create a paste. Spread it over your sunburned skin until the stinging sensation goes away, then rinse it off with cool water. Baking soda is great for skin because it exfoliates it, removing dead skin cells and replacing them with healthier ones. This is important when treating sunburn as your skin becomes dry and flaky.
Potatoes ease sunburn because they’re filled with starch to reduce stings. Simply take two potatoes and cut them into pieces before blending them so that they become a paste. Soak cotton balls into this paste and apply it to your sunburn for quick and easy relief.
Sunburns are horrible but you don’t have to suffer through them or let them stress you out. By using one of more of the above home remedies, you can gain relief while encouraging healthier skin and a calmer soul. In future, remember to keep sunburn at bay by covering up with sunscreen and seeking the shade. Your skin with thank you!
Lucy Wyndham began her career in nutritional science before becoming a fully fledged nutritionist. However, since starting a family, she’s taken a step back and now promotes healthy, balanced lifestyles.