Natural Sunburn Remedies
Nothing can compare to the feeling of the summer sun, but it also is very damaging to your skin if you leave your skin unprotected and don’t know how to take care of it once your skin becomes achy, burning, and red. There are many ways to naturally treat sunburn, using products like aloe vera, cool water, and lavender oil are all natural remedies for easing the pain. Of course, avoiding the sun for long periods of time is the best form of prevention, but also not always idealistic. Sunscreen is helpful to protect, but you need to be careful about what ingredients are in your sunscreen and how often you’re wearing it. Some sunscreens contain several chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are absorbed into the skin to filter and absorb UV rays, effectively protecting deeper layers of skin. However, because it is absorbed, chemicals in your sunscreen can lead to skin irritation and other adverse reactions. This article (physical link below in resources) written by Renee Loux describes the harms of the different chemicals and what sunscreens you may want to consider choosing over ones with many synthetic ingredients.
Whether you have an aloe vera plant and cut the leaf in half to use its pure form to rub onto your sunburn or you use commercial aloe vera from the store, aloe has been known to do wonders for the burning and aching skin. Aloe vera has ingredients in it to reduce inflammation, stimulate collagen production which improves the skin’s firmness, dryness and elasticity, moisturizes the skin, contains vitamins A, C, and E, and salicylic acid which is an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, helping ease the pain while preventing infection. Keeping the aloe vera cool is one of the best ways to apply onto your burning skin as it will help soothe the heat. Cool water is also recommended, taking a cold shower or keeping ice or an ice pack on it is one of the easiest things you can do to help ease the pain.
Lavender essential oil is one of the most commonly known oils to promote a calm environment and reduces depression and anxiety, but did you know that it also has many healing properties to it? Lavender contains pain relieving properties, helps improve inflammation, and also has been known to help fade scars.
Next time you get sunburnt, try blending a couple drops of essential oil and cool aloe vera after a cold shower, and remember to continuously moisturize with an all-natural lotion or cream - your skin will thank you!
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