At some time or another, we have all experienced the effects of sunburn. Although the sting of regret of inadequate protection from Ultraviolet exposure can be an excellent incentive to plan more carefully on future occasions, it is of little help in soothing the immediate physical sting accompanying sunburn. However if you ‘have’ found yourself having spent a little too much time in the sun, — here are 4 natural home remedies to help ease the pain of sunburn, and assist in the body’s healing process:
- Cool Milk Compresses: – The fat and lactic acids in milk are known to have soothing qualities for sunburned skin. Soak a soft cloth or cotton gauze in cool whole milk, and dab carefully onto the burned skin. Do this for around 20 minutes, and follow by rinsing off with cool water.
- Cool, sugarless tea: – The tannin in tea is the active ingredient here, which helps to soothe and relieve some of the discomfort of sunburned skin. After brewing a big pot of tea, and allowing it to cool completely, slosh the affected areas with a soft sponge or washcloth. You could also fill a spray bottle, and spray the tea directly on the skin. Do not throw away the used (cool) teabags. These are especially good for sensitive areas around the eyes – simply place the teabags over your eyes if they feel hot and tired.
- Aloe Vera: – Aloe Vera is commonly used to treat sunburn as well as providing soothing relief, it may also assist in the healing process. Apply to the affected areas as needed. Although the gel extracted directly from an aloe Vera plant works best, if you do not have ready access to one, you may use an ‘over the counter’ Aloe Vera Cream that contains. For this to be effective, ensure that the cream contains a high concentration of Aloe Vera than it does water or other solutions.
- Water: – When exposed to the sun, your body loses water and essential body salts. Dehydration occurs when your body loses too much fluid, and begins to reabsorb fluid from the blood and other body tissues. To prevent the consequences of dehydration, increase your fluid intake to ensure you adequately re-hydrate your body for optimum recovery and health.
Sunburn should be avoided where possible, particularly as it’s adverse affects not only include damage to the skin, but also the increased risk of skin cancer. Prevention and protection should always be considered the best treatment for sunburn, and will assist in ensuring your optimum long-term health.
At sme time or another, we’ve all experienced the effects of sunburn – be it a light burn or a more heavy burn.