With the summer season in full swing, it’s important that we all take care of our skin in the sun by using lots of sunscreen. But there are some occasions when you forget to apply sunscreen or you don’t realise how hot the sun is. Sunburn can be extremely painful and it can ruin you time in the sun, as you will have to cover up. There are plenty of products that you can buy for healing sunburn but many of these contain chemicals and aren’t always the best solutions. Here are some of the best natural remedies to help soothe your skin...
Ice or Cold Water
One of the best ways to relieve sunburn is by simply using cold water or ice on the burnt areas of your skin. If you are using ice, then you will need to wrap an ice pack or bag of frozen veg in a soft towel and hold against the burnt areas of skin. Don’t apply ice directly to the skin as this can cause frostbite and create more damage or get stuck to your skin. You can also ease the sunburn with cool water by taking a bath or shower, but make sure the water is not freezing cold.
A great natural remedy for all kinds of skin conditions is Aloe Vera. The gel that you get from inside this plant can help to speed up the healing process of the skin because of its soothing and moisturising properties. You can get Aloe Vera gel from the plant itself or you can buy pure aloe gel from all kinds of stores.
If you are looking for something that you will have around the house to help heal sunburn then honey is another great natural remedy. Honey provides nutrition to the skin and also helps to seal in the good tissue fluid that contains proteins to help the healing process. You can apply honey to small areas of the skin or if the area is larger, apply honey to a bandage and wrap the skin.
Something that you might not have considered for treating sunburn is using oatmeal to help heal your skin. Oats can be soothing to your skin and can help the healing process; they've also been noted to reduce stress. You can use oatmeal in a bath - just wrap a handful of oats in a piece of cotton or hessian and soak in the water. The milky water will help to soothe your skin.
Another treatment that might seem a bit strange for sunburn is using milk on your skin. Milk and other dairy products can help to soothe your skin and ease the pain of sunburn. You can simply apply milk to the burnt areas using a very soft cloth so that you don’t irritate the skin too much. Using yoghurt on the skin may stay in place longer and have a more lasting effect at healing the areas of sunburn.
Something that many of us have in our home that can actually help to soothe the burning sensation you have on your skin is baking soda. This is actually very good at soothing all kinds of skin conditions and ailments. You can create a baking soda paste using water and apply this directly to areas of sunburn. Alternatively you can also add a few tablespoons of baking soda to a tepid bath to help soothe the skin. Baking soda can dry your skin out though so it can be a good idea to bathe in clean water afterwards to get some moisture back into your skin.