Relieving sunburns naturally

The summer season and sunburns go hand-in-hand for a lot of folks. With the sun itself getting hotter with every passing year, and UV rays becoming more and more harmful, it isn’t difficult to figure out why and how so many of us end up with some rather nasty sunburns throughout the course of the summer months.

If you’ve ever had a sunburn, you’re likely aware of how painful and uncomfortable they can be, depending on the severity of the burn itself. There are a variety of products available for purchase that can help to relieve some of the discomfort affiliated with sunburns, but I thought I would do a little research to determine some natural ways to treat a sunburn. This information comes from MedicineNet.

“Place a cool compress on sunburned skin for immediate sunburn pain relief, for example, a compress containing Burow’s solution (such as Domeboro Powder Packets -1 packet in 1 pint of water) to comfort and soothe sunburn.

“Take a cool shower or bath to cool your sunburned skin.

“Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to a bath to help balance the pH (acid or alkalinity) of sunburned skin, and promote healing.

“Soak in an oatmeal bath. This is especially helpful for itchy, sunburned skin.

“Add some lavender or chamomile essential oil to the bath to help relieve some of the stinging and pain.

“Add 2 cups of baking soda to the bath to help ease irritation and redness from sunburn.

“Use lotions that contain aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize sunburnt skin. Some aloe products contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that can help relieve sunburn pain. Aloe Vera is also a good moisturizer for peeling skin.

“Apply freshly brewed tea after it has cooled to sunburned skin using a clean cloth. The tannic acid in black tea reportedly helps draw heat from sunburned skin, and aids in restoring the pH balance. Add mint to the tea for a more cooling effect.

“Apply teabags soaked in cold water to sunburned eyelids to soothe the burn and reduce inflammation.

Witch hazel when applied to the skin can help reduce inflammation, and can help relieve sunburn.

“Apply petroleum jelly or Aquaphor ointment on sunburned lips to keep them moisturized,” the website suggests.

Be sure to check out all of MedicineNet’s natural sunburn relief recommendations listed on their site, and in the meantime, slather on some sunscreen.

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