Sunday, August 12, 2012

SOS - Sunburn


If you ended up with sunburn, here are some home remedies that can make you a bit more comfortable... 

 

 

Water

As the sun burns your skin, it also dehydrates it.  Being well hydrated will help burns heal better. 

 

Take a bath

Adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to cool bath water makes a sunburn-soothing remedy.  Instead of baking soda you could also use 1 cup oatmeal.  Avoid using soap, which can irritate and dry out the skin.  If you feel you must use soap, use a mild one.  Definitely skip the washcloth, bath sponge, and loofah.  Afterwards, pat your skin gently with a soft towel.

Moisturise

To prevent dry skin, apply moisturiser immediately after your bath/shower.  For cooling relief of pain and dryness, chill the moisturiser in the refrigerator before using.

 

Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel will take the sting and redness out of sunburn.

 

Cool compress

Soak a washcloth in cool water and apply it directly to the burned areas (do not apply ice or an ice pack directly to sunburned skin).

Tea

The tannic acid from tea is soothing for sunburn.  Save used tea bags and apply to burned area (at room temperature) or bathe in a cool bath with several tea bags in the water.

Dairy

Soak in a bath with cool water and a gallon of milk or apply plain yoghurt directly to the sunburn.

Potatoes

Grate a potato and apply it to the burned area.  The starch will cool and soothe the burn.

Cucumbers

Rub sunburned area with fresh cucumber slices.  They are very cool and will soothe the area.

Keep in mind, though, that when you get sunburn, your skin is actually damaged by UV radiation and your body is responding to the damage.  These remedies cannot reverse that damage.

Hope you find this useful.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment.

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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