Caring for a Sunburn

Getting a blistering sunburn significantly increases our risk of developing a serious type of skin cancer called malignant melanoma. Skin cancer usually occurs from a sunburn received during childhood. As the Earthís ozone layer thins, we are even more vulnerable to ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause skin cancer.

Treating a sunburn quickly and with healing ingredients is important to help reduce the damage and to protect against further damage.

Aloe Vera Gel
For sunburn there is nothing better than aloe vera gel; it is antibacterial and deeply healing for burns in part because of aloectin B, which stimulates the immune system. Aloe vera gel is used in hospitals for burn victims. Aloe Vera comes from the aloe vera plant, and the gel may be squeezed from its leaves, or you can buy pure aloe vera gel as a product in most health food stores.

Vitamin E Cream
One of the antioxidants, vitamin E creams, ointments and oils, can help heal sunburn damage and shorten its effects.

Increase Your Vitamin C
Another antioxidant, increasing your vitamin C intake while sunburned will help you heal.

Black Tea Sunburn Soother
The tannins in cool black tea will help sooth a sunburn.

Baking Soda Bath
Have a cool bath to which 1/2 a cup of baking soda has been added.

Calendula Creams
Calendula is one of the most healing plants. The flowers are emollient, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral. They are immune system stimulants and rich in carotenoids. Look in your health food store for calendula creams and ointments.

Avoid: Petroleum jelly, as it will hold in the heat.

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William C
William Cyesterday

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W. C
W. C2 days ago

Thanks.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R2 months ago

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 months ago

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 months ago

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 months ago

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Lydia Price

When I was a child I always sunburned very badly. Good Old Doc Benton told my mom to always get the heat out of it first because you will continue to burn even if the heat source is removed. I soaked in very cool water. Next came the black tea, the tannins are indeed good for you. After that, you can use any kind of moisturizer you want. {We used rosewater lotion}.

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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

Actually, Olive Oil works best. It can turn a Sunburn into a Tan, Overnight!

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thank you what a great article.

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