Too Hot to Handle? How to Treat Those Pesky Sunburns Naturally
Posted: Jul 10 2015 by Lookbook Store
Sand and sun always go together with summer. But so is sunburn.
Ugh, that stinging, blistering and painful condition that makes skin look like an overipe tomato waiting to burst every time you doze off while sunbathing.
Thankfully, you don't have to endure an entire season looking overly flushed and in pain because we've got the right remedies to help ease the sting. Plus, they can be found right in your kitchen or backyard.
Check out these three natural remedies so you can be on your merry way to a happy summer holiday.
- Aloe Vera Ice Cubes
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They're inexpensive to make. All you need are Aloe vera plants, or rather their succulent gel-like extract, and an ice tray. Simply cut an angle from the base of each leaf, place the leaves on a container and let the gel-like substance seep out.
You can also scrape out the gel by slicing the leaf lengthwise, like you would with a cucumber, and pour the contents on to the tray and let them freeze.
Whenever you need some relief, just grab a cube and apply it on the affected area by rubbing it gently until it melts or when it feels numb.
Do you know that Aloe vera can add a protective layer to your skin? Yup, it has. So you might want to consider adding another layer of protection, besides sunscreen and coverup, to your skin by dabbing on some.
- Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
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While coconut cooking oil can work, the extra-virgin variant, works better at treating sunburn. The fatty acids found in the oil can reduce inflammation and revitalize your skin. It also has moisturizing properties that can relieve skin dryness and itchiness as well as prevent the skin from peeling -- an ugly symptom of sunburn.
Just rub some oil on the affected area and leave for a few hours. Do this repeatedly to promote natural healing of the skin.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
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Surprisingly, this vinegar isn't only used for pickling. It contains anti-septic properties that can kill germs, relieve pain and promote healing, according to Livestrong.com. So the next time you overexposed yourself in the sun or have forgotten to put on some sunscreen, consider reaching out for this.
Lightly spray some mist on to the skin using a spray bottle whenever the affected area starts to sting. You can also draw up a warm bath and pour some apple cider vinegar on to it.
Now that you have these natural remedies in mind, be sure to pack one of these along with eye-catching bikinis on your next beach getaway.
Got any other natural remedies to sunburn? Share them at the comment section below. We'd love to hear all about them.