Check out down below what the best natural sunburn remedies are and how to treat sunburned skin to reduce redness, pain and itchiness and help the skin heal faster…
With the summer in full swing, we’re all just trying to relax and enjoy the sun and the beach as much as we can. At moments like these, no one really wants to think about the proper sun protection. Which is why this chilling out mood often ends up in painful, itchy sunburns.
Sunburns are caused by excessive or long term exposure to the UVB rays. They can go from fairly mild redness and skin irritation to serious peeling and blistering. They often cause pain, discomfort and itchiness.
To prevent all of these, try not to stay out in the sun for too long. Especially avoid being out between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Regularly apply and reapply recommended amounts of sunscreen and wear enough of protective clothes, hats and sunglasses.
If you still get any sunburns, there are many natural cooling and anti-inflammatory treatments you can use to reduce the damage. Check out down below what you can do if you get sunburns, what are the 5 best sunburn remedies and how to use each to get the best results.
How to Treat Sunburned Skin
When you notice you’ve got a sunburn, the very first thing you should do is get out of the sun.
As soon as possible, press a cold compress to the burned spot. The cold will reduce the swelling and soothe the inflammation. You can use compresses several times a day, until the sunburn is significantly reduced.
Another thing you can do is place the burned skin under cold running water or take frequent cool showers, depending on the size of the burned skin.
In the next couple of days, until your skin heals, do not use any harsh cosmetics, scrubs or even a shower puff. These products can irritate your skin even further.
Also, one of the symptoms of a sunburn is an extreme skin dryness and dehydration. To treat this, make sure to apply a lightweight hydrating lotion right after the shower, while your skin is still slightly damp.
Other than that, keep the area generally clean, to reduce the possibility of infection. And, several times a day, treat the skin with some of the natural sunburn remedies from the list down below, to reduce the pain and itchiness and enhance the healing process.
5 Best Natural Sunburn Remedies
Yogurt is well known in the DIY skincare world as a product that dissolves dead, dry skin cells, hydrates, refreshes and regenerates the skin. And, on top of making the skin look youthful and beautiful, it is one of the best natural sunburn remedies.
Yogurt contains a range of enzymes and probiotics that help the skin to heal and strengthen the skin’s natural protective barrier.
To treat sunburns, apply a thick layer of refrigerated yogurt to all the affected areas. Keep it like that for around 20 minutes and reapply as needed. After 20 minutes, rinse it off well and apply a hydrating lotion.
2. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is considered to be a miracle plant because of its soothing, healing and regenerating properties. It is one of the rare products (both natural and commercial) that can efficiently help you treat even small scars.
Aloe vera gel contains impressive amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that repair and regenerate the skin. Its high water content replenishes dry, burned skin. It also contains aloin, which can be used for soothing all sorts of skin inflammations.
To use Aloe vera for sunburns, all you have to do is apply a layer of the gel to the burned area several times a day. It is always best to use natural gel straight from the plant. But if you don’t have it, you can also use a store-bought aloe vera gel. Just take as pure gel as you can find.
Cucumbers are a perfect vegetable to use as a sunburn remedy. They are cooling, refreshing and capable to calm and replenish even extremely irritated, dehydrated skin.
Cucumbers contain high amounts of water, vitamins and antioxidants. They even have slight analgesic effect. Applying pureed cucumbers to the burned skin provides almost instant relief from pain, itchiness and discomfort.
The best would be to use a chilled cucumber straight from the refrigerator. Blend it until you get a completely smooth paste. Liberally apply it to your sunburns.
You can also use cucumber slices instead of the blended cucumber, but the results won’t be quite as good.
Honey is a universal natural skin booster. It nourishes and soothes the skin, repairs it and reduces redness, swelling and itchiness. It can be used for treating a range of skin problems and conditions, including sunburns.
Honey is a natural humectant. It attracts water molecules from the surrounding air into the skin and helps the skin to retain that moisture. It also has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
You can use honey as a healing salve – just apply a thin layer directly to the sunburn and leave it for the skin to absorb it. No need to rinse it off. You can use any honey that you have on hand, but raw, organic honey tends to work better than a processed one.
5. Colloidal oatmeal
Oatmeal is one of the best natural remedies for sunburns, as well as any other kinds of skin irritations. In fact, colloidal oatmeal is so good at soothing irritated skin, the FDA approved it as a skin-protecting substance.
Oats contain zinc, which has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps the skin to heal. They also contain beta-glucan, which helps rebuild the skin’s natural protective barrier.
The best way to use oats to treat sunburns is to make an oatmeal bath. All you have to do is dilute one cup of colloidal oatmeal in a tub of water. If you don’t have colloidal oatmeal, you can replace it with oat flour or finely ground rolled oats.
Then just sink in and relax…