Sunburn is the nuisance of summertime. It can occur at any time of the year though, because it’s the exposure to ultraviolet rays of sun that causes it. When you are bombarded with UV rays, your exposed skin increases its melanin production. Melanin is the dark pigment of epidermis that gives it its color, and also the one that determines how tan a person can get. Increased melanin production is the way of body to protect skin’s deeper layer, and the tan is the one that acts as our shield against the UV light.
However, the amount of produced melanin to protect the body is also determined by genetics so people with a fair skin that produces less melanin are more likely get burned. To avoid the peeling and eliminate the stinging and redness, here are the natural remedies for sunburn that are fast, simple, and effective.
- Cool Milk Compress – Cool milk compress is considered as one of the simplest quickest and low-cost ways in order to treat sunburn. It does not get easier than only heading to refrigerators for a reliable relief and having an easy relief is a very good option when treating anything. The coolness of the milk will ease the heat and will create a layer of protein that will protect your skin, heal, and soothe the discomfort.
- Baking Soda/Cornstarch to Fight Burns – Baking soda, with its silky and cool texture, it is a good way in order to sooth your sunburn naturally. Just like milk, it’s one of the natural home remedies regardless of whether you plan on sizzling out in the sun or not. If you don’t have baking soda, you can try cornstarch for a quick relief. Both cornstarch and baking soda can diminish the pain and extremely lessen the blazing red appearance of sunburn.
- Potato Paste – If you have found yourself searing with red hot skin, root up some potatoes. Potatoes have been used as an effective pain reliever, working well particularly on soothing scratches, minor skin irritations, burns, and bite, as well as in reducing inflammations. Some feel that the potato juice works best, while the others feel the potato slices are more sufficient. Try both the juice and slices to see which one works perfect for your sunburn.
- Indulge in Aloe – Aloe Vera gel is considered by many people as a reliable source of relief when they have sunburn. Its soothing, cool effect seems to suck the redness and sting out of the sunburn. Because aloe is also useful in other kinds of ailments such as heartburn and acne, it is very handy to grow a plant in your house. They’re very easy to maintain, free from additives, and you won’t need to keep running to store all the time when you need one once it is already big enough. If you don’t want to plant aloe, getting good quality Aloe Vera gel from stores is the best thing you can do in order to ensure its effectiveness. Having high quality Aloe Vera gel is also more practical in treating larger sunburn areas.
- Mint and Tea – Mint can naturally cool and sooth whatever it touches, which makes it an effective natural remedy for sunburn The theobromine and tannic acid found in green tea also helps in relieving the pain and healing the damaged skin when topically applied to burned parts.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Vinegar has been part of the family’s lore for literally hundreds of years. While there’s no official research about how vinegar helps in treating sunburn, there are lots of people who claim that vinegar helped them to heal their sunburn, or any mildly burned skin in general. The unfiltered and pure apple cider vinegar works best and often said that this method is the most effective treatment after a tepid or cool shower.
- Witch Hazel – Witch hazel is a staple when it comes to treating a few maladies and ailments. The twigs and leaves bark of witch hazel are the ones only used medicinally. They contain chemical called “tannins”, which when directly applied to skin can help in reducing the swelling, repairing the damaged skin, and wards off the nasty bacteria. You will most likely find the witch hazel in extracted distilled liquid form, which only distilled from dried twigs, bark, and leaves of the plant. This is also called the witch hazel water.
Sunburn is the perfect example of a little prevention is with pounds of cure. With that being said, you will still get burned now and again, regardless of how diligent you are. It is also a great example of ailment that can be treated naturally at home, without needing too much application of special creams. On top of that, the natural remedies for sunburn are generally easier to whip up, cost little to nothing, and even more effective treatment methods.