Unfortunately, sunburn is not just something you should worry about in the summers. Being over exposed to the sun’s harmful radiations can cause nasty sunburn. When you are exposed with excess UV light, your skin increases its production of melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment that gives the top layer of the skin its color. The increased production of melanin helps protect the deeper layers of skin against the harmful radiation, resulting in a tan. However, if not protected against the sun, you may end up with sunburn.
Protect yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays as it may result in cancer and other dangerous skin diseases.
12 Natural Sunburn Soothing Treatments
To avoid skin peeling and redness, follow these natural home remedies:
1. Baking Soda Bath
Baking soda can effectively soothe sunburn. Simply add a few tablespoons of baking soda into the bath water. Do not stay in the bath longer than 15-20 minutes as the baking soda can turn your skin dry. Once you have emerged from the bath, resist the urge to use a towel and air-dry instead. Do not wipe the baking soda off. Additionally, you can also add some oatmeal in the bath as it offers great relief to sunburned skin. You cold water instead of hot and do not add any other kind of oil, bath salts etc.
2. Aloe Vera
Extract the thick gel from an aloe vera leaf if you want to get to reduce redness and stinginess caused by the sunburn. Aloe vera effectively causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing redness, instantly soothing the skin. Fortunately, the healing plant is easily available at just about any store or your local nursery. Simply slit open one of the leaves and apply the thick gel directly onto the affected area. Repeat this remedy about 5-6 times per day for a few weeks for best results.
3. Cool Compress
Following a burn, the skin is inflamed and can get relief if cold compressed using soothing substances. Soak a piece of cloth or washcloth in cool water and apply it directly onto the affected area. However, do not use an ice pack or apply ice on the sunburned area. Apply the compress several times a day to relieve discomfort. You may also add a little baking soda or oatmeal to the compress water for better results.
4. Avoid Soap
Soapy water can aggravate the condition and irritate the skin. Likewise, also stay clear from bubble baths. If one must use soap, use a mild brand. Rinse it off well and avoid rubbing your skin with a towel as it can irritate it further. To reduce inflammation and redness, add some apple cider vinegar or baking soda to your bath to soothe sunburn pain. Additionally, do not forget to slather your skin with lotion afterwards as your skin can start to dry.
5. Drink it Up
Like any other burn, sunburn needs to cool off. When you suffer from a sunburn, your skin dries off and become severely dehydrated. Increase your water intake and keep a cold bottle of ice cold water with you at all times. Increased water intake is necessary for healing damaged skin.
6. Cool off with Mint
Mint naturally soothes and cools whatever it touches hence sunburns are no exceptions. Combine it with the power of green tea that is rich in theobromine and tannic acid which relieves pain and heals damaged skin. Simply bring 1 quart of water to a boil and add 5 tea bags and 3 cups of fresh mint leaves. Allow the mixture to set for an hour then strain the mixture and let it chill. Soak cotton pads into the mixture and apply it directly onto the affected area. You may also directly apply the chilled mixture onto your skin if you wish. Leave it on for a couple of minutes and the rinse it off with cold water. If you do not have green tea, you can always opt for black tea instead.
7. Cover Your Skin
Wear full-sleeved clothing and a hat to protect yourself from getting burnt even further. Do not forget to apply generous amounts of sunscreen before you head outside.
Oatmeal is an effective remedy for treating sunburned skin. Oatmeal contains soothing properties that reduce irritation and helps the skin retain its natural moisture. For this remedy, simply fill the bathtub with cool water and one cup of oatmeal. Soak in the bathwater for half an hour and allow your bodies to air dry as opposed to rubbing the skin with a towel.
Repeat this remedy once daily for a couple of weeks until you get rid of sunburn symptoms. Additionally, you can also cook oatmeal in enough water until you achieve a runny consistency. Allow the mixture to cool completely and then leave it on your skin for a couple of minutes.
Apple cider vinegar soothes sunburn and speeds up the healing process. The acetic acid eases inflammation and prevents itchiness. For this remedy, add one of cup apple cider vinegar in a bathtub filled with lukewarm water. Soak in the water for about half an hour. The acetic acid balances the pH level of the sunburned skin and promotes healing. Alternatively, you can also mix equal parts of cold water and vinegar. Soak a bunch of paper towels in the solution and place it over the affected skin area. Repeat this remedy several times a day until the burn improves.
10. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is packed with nourishing fatty acids and oils that moisturizes the skin and helps it heal after sunburn and reduces its symptoms. Additionally, the vitamin E in coconut oil works an antioxidant that reduces inflammation caused by sunburn. Coconut oil is light and is effectively absorbed by the skin. For this remedy, simply warm the some coconut in a microwave. Once it’s warm to touch, massage the oil on the affected area. Repeat this remedy about 3 times daily for several days to promote healing.
Raw potatoes are an excellent remedy for reliving sunburn as the natural starches in the vegetable draws out heat. For this remedy, simply peel 2 large potatoes and cut it into small pieces. Toss the potato chunks in a blender to make a paste. Apply the thick paste on the affected skin, allowing it to dry on its own followed by a quick shower. Repeat the remedy once a day for a couple of days till the symptoms are gone.
Cornstarch also has effective properties that soothe the skin. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with some water to form a paste. Apply the soothing paste on your skin to gain relief from sunburn. Alternatively, you can mix half a cup of cornstarch with half a cup of baking soda and some water to create a paste. Apply the paste on the affected area to gain relief from sunburn.