Summer is here and spending time in the sun is a must. However, it's important to be mindful of protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Even with the best intentions, sometimes sunburns happen. Fortunately, nature provides us with some remedies to soothe and heal sunburned skin.
Aloe Vera: The gel inside the aloe vera plant contains anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe and cool sunburned skin. Simply break off a leaf and apply the gel directly to the affected areas.
Coconut oil: This versatile oil has natural moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate the pain and discomfort of sunburned skin. Apply a small amount to the affected areas and let it absorb into the skin.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal has been used for centuries to soothe dry and irritated skin. Grind up a cup of oatmeal in your blender or food processor and add it to your bathtub or a basin of cool water. Take a soothing bath or soak your skin in the basin to ease the pain and inflammation.
Cucumber: Cucumbers are high in water and antioxidants, making them a great choice for sunburned skin. Slice a cucumber and place the slices on the affected areas to cool and reduce inflammation.
Green Tea: Green tea contains antioxidants and tannic acid which help to reduce inflammation and pain associated with sunburns. Steep a few tea bags in a cup of hot water, let it cool and apply to the affected areas with a cotton ball.
Silver has been used for its antibacterial properties for centuries. It has been traditionally applied topically to treat wounds, burns and infections. Silver works by disrupting the membranes of bacterial cells, causing their destruction. It is often used to prevent infections and promote wound healing. Silver wound dressings have become increasingly popular due to their ability to prevent microbial growth and help with healing. We carry it in two different topical gels or a clear liquid.
Another unlikely source of sunburn relief is egg yolks. The nutrients in egg yolks, like protein and choline, can soothe damaged skin and speed up the healing process. To use egg yolks for sunburn relief, separate the yolk from the egg white and apply it to the affected areas. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. You can also mix egg yolk with honey or aloe vera for added benefits. The proteins in the egg yolk can help to repair the skin and promote new cell growth, while the choline helps to reduce inflammation and irritation. Give this simple but effective remedy a try the next time you find yourself with a painful sunburn.
Remember to always stay hydrated and avoid further sun exposure until your skin has fully healed. These natural remedies are a great way to soothe the pain and inflammation of sunburned skin and help it heal more quickly. Enjoy the sun safely!