Thursday, 14 August 2014

Natural Sunburn Remedies


The sun is out which means it is time to dig out our shorts and strappy tops and catch some rays! Now I am one of these super lucky people whom rarely burn, however I know a lot of people who do. If you overexpose your skin to the sun you will probably end up with sunburn depending on your skin type and colour. I have put together a couple of natural remedies you can do at home to make sunburn a bit more comfortable until Mother Nature herself heals the burn. But you need to remember these remedies cannot reverse the damage cause by harmful UV rays. Prevent is your best remedy, ensure you use a suitable sun block in the correct factor, always take extra care with your face as UV rays can increase the signs of aging. 

Take a Bath
Add a few heaped tablespoons of baking soda to a cool bath makes a lovely smoothing remedy. Soak in the warm for 15 to 20 minutes. If you soak any longer, you risk drying your skin and looking something like a lizard. Once you emerge from your bath resist the urge to towel dry. Instead air dry as you don't want to wipe off the baking soda. 

Aloe Vera
Simply slit open one of the broad leaves and apply the gel directly to the burn five to six times a day. Aloe Vera helps by causing the blood vessels to constrict. It is a great to take the sting and redness out of the burn. 

Rehydrate Your Skin
As the sun has fried your skin, it has also dehydrated it. Be sure to replenish fluids by drinking plenty of water while recovering from a sunburn. Being hydrated will aid the healing process. 

Pat Down With Potatoes 
Weird I know but I promise it helps. Take two washed potatoes, cut them into small chunks, place them in a food blender until they are in liquid form. Add a splash of water if they look a tad dry. Pat onto the burnt area with the potato. Wait until the potato is dry and then take a cool shower. Then pat dry with a towel. 

How do cure sunburn? Any more weird home remedies? 

Lots of Love 

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