SUNBURN: natural solutions to soothing sunburnt skin.
SUNBURN: natural solutions to soothing sunburnt skin. Maren Winter

8 easy home remedies to soothe painful sunburn

THE heat is still on even though it's March, so sunburn is still affecting many of us.

It's never too late to lather on the sunscreen but if you forget to do it, or don't put enough on, then sunburn is a not a fun outcome.

While there are pharmacy and supermarket shelves full of sunburn remedies, trying a natural product may just have the same soothing outcome, at lesser cost and with no man-made chemicals to absorb into your system.

If you have a severe case of sunburn, you seek immediate medical attention before trying any of these natural soothers.

Here are some natural sunburnt skin soother ideas which you will probably find already around your home.

COOL WATER

  • Try a cool shower.
  • If you are still near the ocean or a pool, hop in the saltwater pool to help cool the skin, but stay out of the sun.
  • An ice pack can also be applied to the area, but ensure it is covered with a cloth rather than applied directly to the skin.

ALOE VERA

  • Available both in a packaged form or you can grow your own.
  • It's very easy to grow and hardy plant, it looks a bit like a cactus plant.
  • To keep the plant fresh, trim it back from time to time to generate fresh leaves.
  • The plant needs filtered sunlight, as a minimum, can live happily in all-day direct sunlight.
  • Break off a section of a leaf and rub the clear gel onto the skin.
  • It can give you near-immediate relief.

CHAMOMILE TEA

  • This tea is readily available from supermarkets and health food stores.
  • Firstly, brew the Chamomile tea then put the brew in a cool environment until the heat is gone.
  • Soak a clean cloth in the brew and apply that cloth to the skin.

COOL CUCUMBER

  • When you have a small area of sunburn, then cucumber could be a perfect soother.
  • Slice a cooled cumber and place the slices on your skin.
  • Replaces the slices with fresh ones when the first lot warm up.

POTATO

  • Chop an uncooked potato into slices.
  • Gently place the slices on the skin and leave there for several minutes.
  • Or, puree the slices with some water, then pat the puree on the skin.

YOGHURT

  • Using your hands, apply plain, natural yoghurt directly to the skin and let it sit there until it starts to warm up.
  • Rinse off with cool water.
  • Reapply as many times as you like.

OLIVE OIL

  • Using a cotton wool pad, dip it into a teaspoon of olive oil, then tap the pad on the skin.

TAKE A BATH

  • Fill your bath with tepid or cool water.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of oats.
  • Or, add one cup of baking soda and a just a few drops of lavender.
  • Relax and enjoy.

After using one of the above natural remedies, don't forget to drinks lots of water and wear loose clothing.

Limit any further exposure to the sun, as your damaged skin needs time to heal and regenerate.


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