With daylight savings time in place and summer right around the corner, many of us are starting to ramp up our planning for summer activities. As you spend more time outside in the sunlight, on the beach and in outdoor excursions it is crucial that you provide protection for your skin to prevent sunburn.READ: 6 Common Places You Forget To Apply Sunscreen
But, in the event that you do suffer from sunburn, here are some home remedies you can use to relieve symptoms associated with sunburn:
1. Keep your skin cool. If you are suffering from sunburn, use a cool compress or take a cool shower or bath. If you want to promote healing of the burned area of your skin, put oatmeal in the bath water. This will help with the itchiness you may experience with sunburned skin. Or, you can opt to add in a cup of apple cider vinegar which will help to balance the alkalinity of the skin and help promote healing.
2. Moisturize the affected area. Use aloe vera to soothe and provide moisture to the skin. It will also provide some relief and comfort to the burned skin. Additionally, lotions that include aloe vera can be helpful in increasing moisture to your skin. As the sunburn heals, it is normal for the burned skin to become itchy. This moisture will help relieve some of the itchiness.
3. Milk can ease discomfort. Apply cool milk to your skin. Milk forms a protective film on your skin which will help with the discomfort associated with sunburn. If you are allergic to milk, cool tea bags can also be used on your skin. Tea contains tannic acid which helps your skin return back to its normal pH balance. Tea bags also draw heat away from the skin which has been burned.
4. Antioxidants help reduce inflammation. Antioxidants such as vitamin E or cucumbers can help with inflammation which usually occurs with sunburn. You can use vitamin E supplements or oil. If you use cucumbers, make sure you chill them first. Then, mash or place them in a blender to create a paste. Once you have created this paste, apply this to your sunburned areas. Cucumbers add an analgesic property in addition to the antioxidants. This means cucumbers help you with pain as well as the inflammation of the sunburned skin.
Prevention is Best
These are some easy home remedies to use the next time you experience sunburn. But remember, the best way to avoid sunburn is to practice preventative methods. Make sure you avoid direct sun exposure when possible, are in the sun during non-peak hours, use sunscreen and wear clothing that will protect your skin. This way you can avoid the displeasure of sunburn and most importantly protect your skin from sunburn and sun damage.