Sometimes, despite our best intentions and slathering ourselves with sunblock, we or someone we love gets a painful sunburn. Ouch! Not only can sunburn cause skin cancer, it can also prematurely age and damage our skin.
Here are the best natural remedies we know for healing painful, sunburned skin. Soothe your sunburn safely with these great ideas:
Easy Sunburn Salve
Just snip a leaf off an aloe vera plant (some of us keep them growing in the kitchen for just this purpose; it’s great for kitchen-accident burns, too) and spread the jellylike sap evenly over your burned areas. If you donít have an aloe vera plant, buy the pure gel and use that instead.
Cucumber Body Pizza: 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.
Store used teabags in the fridge and apply as a cold compress to burned skin.
By the Care2 Staff.