Natural Remedies for Sunburn
Relieve the discomfort of mild sunburn with these natural remedies.
It happens to most of us at one time or another. You're out on the water for a day of canoeing, attending a family reunion, or going to the ballgame with friends, when you realize you've forgotten to pack the sunscreen. Within hours the first symptoms of sunburn appear and your skin feels hot and tingly.
Other than submerging yourself in a bathtub of cool water (which is actually not a bad idea), what else can you do to relieve the discomfort of sunburn?
To begin with try these natural remedies using ingredients found in your kitchen or in the garden. Most of the remedies involve soaking in herbal baths or slathering yourself with cool fruits and veggies. As strange as some of the ingredients may seem, these remedies actually work and are based on medical and scientific practice.
While you're soaking or chilling don't forget to treat yourself to a refreshing herbal drink to help you stay hydrated!
1.Whole Milk Yogurt Masque
Apply plain whole milk yogurt to sunburned areas. The coolness and fat content of the yogurt help soothe the burn. Rinse with cool water when yogurt becomes warm. Reapply as needed.
2. Black, Green, or Chamomile Tea Bath
Steep 5 tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water for 20 to 30 minutes. Pour tea into a bathtub filled with cool water. Soaking in chamomile tea helps soothe inflamed skin. Black and green teas contain tannins, which help take the sting out of sunburn.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Spritz
Fill a spritz bottle with apple cider vinegar (do not substitute white vinegar-it won't work) and spray sunburned skin. Alternatively, pour cider on a washcloth and apply to skin. Rinse with cool water.
5. Aloe Vera Gel
Break off a leaf from the aloe plant and apply the gel to sunburned skin. You can buy aloe vera gel in the store as well. Be sure to look for 100% aloe vera with no added ingredients.
6. Strawberry Mash
Mash ripe strawberries and apply directly to sunburned skin.
7. Cucumber Slices
Place peeled, thinly sliced cucumbers directly on sunburn. Remove when cucumbers are warm. Cucumber slices are especially good for delicate skin, for example the face and neck.
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