Sunburn is redness on your skin that is a result of excessive sun exposure, mild sunburn symptoms include pain, inflammation, and sometimes even fluid blisters on your skin. Nobody likes sunburn pain, aside it can look sore and unattractive, give skin dryness, the appearance of freckles, discoloration or pigmentation of exposed parts, peeling of epidermal layers. Tanning is a big NO for your skin health. Darkened skin that results from tanning is actually a sign of damage to the skin, including abnormal discoloration, and faster wrinkling. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun increase your risk of developing skin cancer in the future. In case you don’t have any cosmetic product for sunburn, here is some natural home remedies that will help reduce symptoms.
1. Aloe Vera
It’s a natural herb that consists 99% of water, while remaining one percent is rich in about 150 minerals and micro-nutritional elements like vitamins, calcium, tannins, copper, magnesium, selenium, zinc, sodium, amino-acids any many others. Selenium and tannins are long known as effective remedies for sunburns and are found in aloe vera. It is also used commercially in a number of revitalizing creams to cure sunburn. Take a leaf of aloe vera and expose the gelatinous part by cutting it trough a knife. Aloe vera gel has a propensity to quickly absorb in the skin without feeling sticky or greasy. Apply a gel on any sunburn affected area and let dry, then wash it with cold water, repeat this method several times a day.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is used as sunblock and interestingly it can also heal the sunburn patches of your skin. Lauric acid, a major component of this oil promotes the healing of sunburned skin. It is also present in many cosmetics products as it prevents different types of skin irritation. In order to rejuvenate or heal the sunburned skin, take pure coconut oil and rub it on the affected skin, the skin will absorb it, and don’t wash. You can mix it with few drops of lavender oil, or aloe vera gel. It will also relieve the stinging feeling, and can also help in reducing inflammation, itching, and redness associated with sunburn.
Cucumber gives a cool and soothing effect, if applied on damaged or inflamed skin. Cucumber is 96% water and supplies a lot of nutrients including vitamins A and C. It has natural healing properties due to a high concentration of antioxidants, and analgesic agents. The soothing and cooling properties make it an excellent remedy for sunburns. Blend one cucumber, apply on the affected skin and let it rest for 20 minutes before washing it off, or slice cucumber and place it on sunburned skin for about half an hour.
4. Mint and green tea
Mint has naturally cooling effect and soothes sunburns too. Tannic acid and theobromine found in green tea relieve pain and heal damage. Boil one quart of water, empty 5 bags of green tea, and pour 3 cups of fresh mint leaves inside, let it rest for an hour and strain the liquid. Soak cotton pads or piece of clean cloth in cold liquid and apply directly to the burned skin.
5. Plain Yogurt
Yogurt has a number of probiotics and enzymes which are helpful in healing damaged skin. It helps in fact recovery of pain and redness. Apply yogurt directly to the burned area, let it rest for at least 5 minutes, and wash it off.
6. Ice cubes and water
You may use ice cubes and cool water to treat inflamed skin and sunburn. Wrap ice cubes in a cloth, and slowly tap the red area of your skin. Make sure you never apply ice cubes directly on damaged skin.
Try to drink a lot of cold water on a daily basis as it will not only hydrate your body, but will also keep your body temperature lower to reduce the burns and inflammation quickly.
7. Camomile Tea
Camomile tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, that help the skin heal and repair. It’s also used for a long time as a home remedy for rosacea – a long term skin condition that results in redness, pimples and swelling. Camomile tea is also useful for burned skin because of it calming effect. Make a tea, as u normally do, and let it cool, when it’s ready soak a cloth in it and apply to the affected area.