Natural Recipes For Soothing Sunburned Skin
Sunburn is one of the worst things about the summer. But did you know that there are some really easy recipes that can soothe your burns in no time at all? The best thing is that they are all totally natural, which means they’re free from confusing and potentially harmful chemicals.
It’s annoying. You look forward to the summer time all throughout the dreary, cold winter, and when it arrives (or you go to sunny holiday), you head to the beach with your friends. You strip, and have a fabulous time underneath the sun. Perhaps you play a bit of frisbee, enjoy an ice cream and dip your toes in the ocean. Ah, bliss!
A few hours later, you return to your hotel to find that your skin is a searing colour of red. Ouch! That’s going to hurt in the morning.
Sure enough, the morning arrives and you’re in agony. Just two days into your vacation and already things are ruined.
Unfortunately, some of us burn much more easily and much worse than others, and this is down to genetics as much as it is sun exposure. Some people have more melanin than others, and the more you have, the more your skin is protected from the sun.
If you’re like me, you’ll have hardly any melanin at all (it sucks so much!). As such, you’ll burn more than the average person. But there are ways to get rid of the stinging, the burning and the redness quicker than usual. Speed up the healing process with these natural recipes that will sooth sunburned skin.
If you’ve been burned and you’ve got a few potatoes in the house, you can root them up to create a paste that will relieve your pain.
Indeed, people have been using potatoes to relieve their pain for years, and they are known to be especially effective on skin irritations – especially bites and burns. The juice is potent, but so is the skin. You really can’t lose.
All you need to do is put two potatoes in a blender (or cut them up if you don’t have a blender), before pouring the mixture into a bowl and soaking two cotton balls in it.
Then, apply the cotton balls to your affected areas.
After your morning oatmeal, take some more oatmeal and wrap it in a gauze before running some cold water through it. Drain out the oatmeal before applying the compress to any affected areas on and off for the rest of the day.
Cool Milk Compress
If you’re burning to death (literally!) and don’t have much time to make anything complicated, cool milk compress is probably the fastest way of easing your pain right now. As well as cooling your skin own, the protein from the milk will also add some protection to your injured skin, which will accelerate the healing process.
All you need to do is pour some chilled milk into a bowl before dipping in a washcloth. Let the liquid drain off until the cloth is damp but not soaking wet. Then, drape across your affected areas (use as many cloths as you need) for however long you want. It will soon feel much better.
This one is actually simpler than the cool milk compress idea. All you have to do is take a pot of yogurt and apply it to any burnt areas. Then, rinse off properly.
Honey is usually my go-to whenever I’ve been sunburnt. It works every time – though it is a tad sticky.
For my recipe, I mix honey with an essential oil, usually lavender. It’s a better bet for small burns, because it is really sticky.
Baking soda is grandma’s solution to everything. She’d probably use it to solve climate change and fight crime if she could. And the great thing about baking soda is that everyone seems to have some in their cupboard.
If you’ve had baking soda in your cupboard for 500 years but never known why, this is why: Because baking soda is the last miracle on earth when you’re sizzling like hot oil from sunburn!!
You need to combine baking soda (however much you think you’ll need) with water so that it turns into a paste. Then, smear it over any affected areas for a few minutes before rinsing.
My favourite essential oils are peppermint and lavender. Choose your personal favourites an apply them in very small amounts to any burnt skin for fast and effective relief.
Mint is a natural way of cooling things down – especially burns. Indeed, mint soothes and cools everything it touches. And when you’ve got a few patches of sunburn, you really need to cool down as quickly as possible!
Not just that, but mint also helps your damaged skin to repair itself so that your skin post-burn doesn’t look too bad at all. In fact, it looks just as good as before!
You need to bring a quarter of water to a boil, before adding five tea bags and three cups of mint leaves to a separate pan.
Then, pour in the boiling water and cover with a lid to cool. Let this sit for over an hour, before straining and allowing to chill.
Once chilled, take some cotton pads, soak in the liquid and apply to your burns.
Cucumbers are fab because they are pretty much just water. They’re also rich in antioxidants. To relieve sunburn, you need to mash them in a blender so that they create a paste. Then, apply to your affected areas.
Drinking water won’t bring about any immediately noticeable effects like a lot of the other recipes on this list, but it will make you feel better eventually. Why? Because water hydrates you like no other liquid. And right now, your skin is dehydrated to heck and needs as much hydration as possible.
Staying properly hydrated is key to recovering from any injury, such as a bad burn. Drink at least five glasses of water each day until your burns start to clear up.
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