Sunburns are not only painful, they can significantly increase our risk of developing skin cancer, and they prematurely age and damage our skin. Treat a sunburn quickly with these all-natural ingredients to reduce the risk and damage, and spread soothing, healing relief.
Here are our favorite sunburn healers:
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 so effective that it is used in hospitals for burn victims. It comes from the aloe vera plant, and many of us keep a plant in the kitchen (itís good for kitchen burns, too) and simply squeeze the gel from a freshly-cut leaf. You can buy pure aloe vera gel as a product in most health food stores.
One of the antioxidants, vitamin E in the form of creams, ointments and oils can help heal sunburn damage and shorten its effects.
Vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant, so increasing your intake while sunburned will help you heal.
Black Tea Sunburn Soother
The tannins in cool black tea will help soothe a sunburn. Store used teabags in the fridge and apply as a cold compress to burned skin.
Baking Soda Bath
Have a cool bath to which 1/2 a cup of baking soda has been added.
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
Try this amusing–and effective–Cucumber Body Pizza. Itís a simple refreshing way to cool and heal sunburned or itchy skin.
Sunburn Healing Bath
In a handkerchief tied with string or a muslin teabag, place the following:
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/8 cup whole milk powder
1 teaspoon tea leaves, green or black
3 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
Run a tepid to cool bath and soak along with this bath bag. Use it as a compress to spread healing, cooling relief all over.