5 HOME REMEDIES FOR SUNBURN
Sunburn treatment should be applied on anywhere there is sunburn on the skin.
Sunburn is the term for red, sometimes swollen, and painful skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Sunburn can vary from mild to severe.
1. Cool water
Sunburn, basically, is inflammation of the skin. One of the easiest ways to treat inflammation is to cool down the affected area. Therefore, it an effective way to help sunburn, even while you’re still outside, is to hop in the water, whether it’s an ocean, lake, or stream. Dipping in and out throughout the day can help keep sunburn from worsening. Be wary of pools, as chlorinated water can irritate the skin more. You should also avoid directly applying ice. Although it may look appealing when your skin is burning, it could actually cause even more damage to your extra-sensitive sunburned skin. You can also try hopping in the bath to help cool and soothe your skin.
2. ALOE VERA
Aloe vera is a trusted skin soother and moisturizer, and also acts as an herbal antibiotic, for sunburn treatment it also helps provide sunburn relief. Therefore, if you have an aloe plant, simply clip off a leaf and slice lengthwise to extract the gel and apply gently to the affected area.
3. Apple Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one home remedy that comes up time and again, and sunburn treatment is no exception. To use apple cider vinegar for sunburn, you can use it straight, or dilute it in lukewarm water.
Apply vinegar to sunburn gently with a cotton ball or lay a soft washcloth soaked in vinegar on the area. Apply on the hour, as needed. For larger areas, add a cup of vinegar to cool bath water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Apple vinegar is a good option for a sunburned scalp, as it won’t leave a residue that’s difficult to wash out of your hair.
Oatmeal can actually be an effective home remedy for sunburn relief. Also, this will ensure a runnier consistency that makes it easier to apply to the skin. Also, allowing the oatmeal to cool completely, then carefully apply the “paste” to the skin. Therefore, don’t rub it into the skin; because oatmeal can be grainy, it may have an exfoliating effect—not a good idea for skin that’s sun-damaged and sensitive to touch.
5. Stay Hydrated
Severe sunburns force blood vessels to dilate, causing you to lose moisture from your skin at a faster rate. Also, this can lead to fatigue, dehydration, and heatstroke in certain situations. Therefore, the first few days following your sunburn, increase your intake of water and other caffeine-free, alcohol-free beverages to stay hydrated.
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