Summer is here again and if you find yourself exposed to ultraviolet rays longer than you planned, sunburn can happen. Check out these sunburn home remedies that can help you deal with sunburn before it gets serious.
It might take hours or even days to feel the symptoms of sunburn so the sooner you act the better. The skin that has been exposed may become red or sore to the touch, start to peel and in more extreme cases produce fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. Other factors that can cause vulnerability to sunburn are autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. If you are a heavy drinker, studies show that you have over 20% better chance of getting a sunburn. Birth control pills, pain medications like ibuprofen and antibiotics may cause a bad reaction when over exposed to the sun. When using sunscreen it is recommended to use SPF 30 or higher.
When overexposure happens it is important to treat this as a burn. The first step is to cool the skin by running cold water over the exposed area. Making a paste of baking soda and water and rubbing it on the area will help. You can cool down the burn with cold creams and moisturizers with Aloe Vera or soy. You can also try raw Aloe Vera from the leaf or white vinegar to reduce the pain. Be sure to hydrate with water or sports drinks.
Sunburn Home Remedies Review
- Mix equal amounts of vinegar and olive oil and apply this to sunburns and leave this on for about 1 to 2 hours before a bath.
- For a sunburned face, grate a cucumber or grind it to a paste and rub this on your face. Rinse it off after about 20 minutes with cold water.
- Take a bath in a tub of cool water after adding a cup of apple cider vinegar.
- Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement. Vitamin E oil also can be rubbed onto peeling skin.
- Soak a cloth with brewed black tea and mint and apply to the sunburn. The tannic acid from the tea will help extract the heat and the mint will help as a cooling agent.
- Make some mashed potatoes and after they cool down rub the potatoes on the sunburned area.
- Make a paste with cornstarch and water and this mixture will help soothe the pain of sunburn.
- Witch hazel helps relieve itchy skin and is an anti-inflammatory agent. To cover large areas, soak a cloth with witch hazel and place it over the affected area and For smaller application, soak cotton balls into the liquid and dab it on.
- Use petroleum jelly to keep sunburned lips cool and moisturized.
- Essential oils like Peppermint and Lavender oil can help as a natural painkiller and reducing redness. Apply in small amounts to help sooothe and speed up the healing process of sunburn. Read more about treating sunburns with essential oils here.
- Coconut oil is not a sunscreen but can be used as moisturizer and an excellent way to nourish the skin. Just mix 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil into 1 cup of coconut oil and rub this on your skin.
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If you take medications that can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn like diuretics and diabetic drugs, consult your doctor or pharmacy about products that will help protect you from being sunburned. Do not stop taking prescribed medication without seeking professional advice.