Use what you have at home to ease your sunburn pain.
You don’t have to be a freckle-faced redhead to know the pain and discomfort of getting too much sun. Although more common in those with fair skin, people of all skin tones can be burned by the summertime rays. A sunburn can range from slight discomfort to downright dangerous third-degree burns.
Sunburn is a natural process though you can avoid it if you try. Continuous exposure to sun is harmful for skin though natural sunlight is also necessary for the health of the bone as natural sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. So, expose your body to direct sun only in the early morning and at the time of sunset when the presence of ultraviolet rays in the sun is comparatively less.
You can avoid sunburn and sun damage by using common sense when going outside: use sunscreen, wear cool protective clothing, wear a hat, spend midday hours in the shade and covered areas.
However, if you find yourself with a mild to moderate burn after being in the sun for too long, there are some natural remedies and recipes you can use to ease the discomfort and heal your skin.
1. Ayurvedic Papaya and Oatmeal Remedy (see recipe above from www.curejoy.com)
Papaya works well on burnt skin. Everyday use of papaya helps to cure wrinkles caused by sun burn. Use it every day at least twice daily and get soft and smooth skin.
2. Aloe Vera – soothe aloe from a cut plant or natural aloe gel over affected areas.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar – add a cup of ACV to a cool bath or gently pat an ACV soaked cloth on the burnt skin.
4. Coconut Oil – gently massaging coconut oil on the skin will help ease inflammation as well as reduce peeling that can come with a sunburn.
5. Milk and Honey Bath – add a cup of whole milk along with a drizzle of honey to a cool bath for soothing and antibiotic effects on the skin. Or dab either directly on your skin.
6. Baking Soda – can be added to a cool bath or made into a paste and applied to small areas to heal the burn and help stop itching of the skin.
7. Lavender Oil – add a few drops of lavender oil to coconut oil or to a soothing bath to heal the body and mind after being in the sun.
8. Water, Water, Water – last but not least, drink plenty of water. You can become dehydrated and feel sick from being in the sun too long, so be sure to keep hydrated and help your skin heal by drinking good clean water.
Share these tips with your family and sun-loving friends.
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