Relieve sunburns naturally

Many of us appreciate and take advantage of the summer sun, without forgetting to use sunscreen. But sometimes, we forget about it and the consequences on the skin are immediate. So, if your skin burns after an afternoon at the beach, here are some solutions that will help you to naturally relieve sunburns.

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Proper hydration

When you’re exposing yourself to the sun for a long time, your body loses a great quantity of water and essential mineral salts. Dehydration appears when your body loses too much liquid and begins to reabsorb the fluid from the blood or from other body tissues. To avoid the consequences of dehydration, increase the intake of liquids and keep your body hydrated so that you can ensure an optimal recovery of the health of your skin.

Moreover, drinking many liquids is good for our health because it allows us to eliminate all the toxins and the effects on the skin will be immediate. It’s obvious we’re only talking about water, not about syrup or soda, and even less about alcohol…

 

Egg whites

Well, first of all, we don’t really want to put eggs on our skin. But you should know that the enzymes from egg whites act efficiently in relieving sunburns.

So, all you need to do is to break an egg or two, according to the area of the sunburn, and move the egg white in a bowl. Then, you can apply it on the skin with a cotton bud or with a soft brush. The pain from the sunburn will go away at the same time as the egg white dries up.

 

Fresh milk compresses

The fatty acids and the lactic acid from milk have properties which can calm down a skin burnt by the sun. Soak a soft cloth or cotton gauze in fresh whole milk (it’s important for the milk to be whole because it is rich in fatty substances) and apply it carefully on the painful area. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it with cold water.

 

Chamomile ice tea

The tannins from the tea are the active ingredient of this natural remedy, because they help relieve and calm down the pain provoked by the sunburn. After preparing the chamomile tea, let it cool down completely and add a bit of ice to accelerate the process.

With the help of a soft sponge or a washcloth, apply the mix to the area affected by sunburn. To make it even more practical, you can fill up a spray with this ice tea and apply it directly on the skin through spraying.

 

Vinegar

Do not try this if you’re sensitive to smells.  It may seem strange, but vinegar can be used in different ways to relieve sunburns naturally.

You could spray it on the painful area or even soak small tissues in vinegar and place them gently on the skin, allowing them to act for a few minutes. Finally, don’t forget to add two or three spoons of vinegar to the water in your bath, making sure that the water is not too hot.

 

Oats

Oats are ideal for many remedies, even for sunburns. Soak the body part in cold water, with a few oat flakes, for 30 seconds. Come on, be brave! You can also make a mix from oat flakes/egg whites and apply it directly on the burnt skin. When the paste is dry, rinse it with cold water.

 

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera is a plant with long green leaves, which contains two very different substances: the gel (the transparent and sticky pulp) and the juice (yellowish substance in the peel). The Aloe Vera gel stimulates the cells that repair the skin and also stimulates the collagen production through its different substances, mainly polysaccharides.

Apply the pure gel or a cream with a content of at least 50% on the sunburn carefully, three times a day, until it’s healed.

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These natural remedies will cure superficial burns. Consult your doctor or your pharmacist, if needed. The true advice we could give you is to never forget about your sunscreen.