The Best Natural Sunburn Remedies
Hey beauties and welcome to summer! According to the calendar it won’t officially be summer for at least another week or so, but come on, who are we kidding? Today it was a whopping 92 degrees. The sun is scorching and it’s clearly taking no prisoners. It is important to protect your skin from the UV rays that the sun emits. If you neglect to do so, (or in my case used a brand of sunscreen that does diddly squat) you will find yourself victim of the suns wrath and will need some relief. Here are some of my best tried and true remedies that can help relieve your sunburned skin as well as speed up the healing process.
Aloe Vera Gel – If I were you, I would keep an Aloe Vera plant handy for times like this. It’s a small plant that can add décor to your kitchen and offer healing elements. In my world that’s a win/win! Chop off one of the leaves, cut it length wise, and scrap out the gel with a spoon or knife. Apply it directly to your burned skin. Once absorbed it will provide immediate soothing relief. Yay for nature! Oh, if you don’t have the plant handy and go for store bought gel, make sure you read the ingredients and get a brand that does not contain alcohol, which could make your sunburn worse!
Cold Milk – Milk contains lactic acid and which helps to get rid of old skin. So if you have blisters and peeling, the milk will help. Also the chilling effect of the milk will help with swelling and help to cool off your hot skin. Just soak some towels in some milk. Leave it in the fridge to chill, and BOOM, you have an easy, skin soothing, cold compress at your fingertips.
Peppermint – Peppermint helps to subdue the burning and scorching of sunburn. If you have it in tea form, simply boil the tea, chill it, and using clean clothes bath the burned area. If you have peppermint oil on hand you can add a few drops of that to your tea. If you don’t have the tea on hand you can add a few drops of the oil to water, chill it, and so on.
St. Johns Wort – If you have some oil handy, make a balm. This herb has pain killing properties. However, taking this internally can make you more sensitive to the rays of the sun so with that being said, STAY OUT OF THE SUN DURING THE HEALING PROCESS.
Chamomile compress – Brew the tea with as many tea bags as you have. Let this cool in the fridge, and using clean clothes soak and apply to skin. This helps to speed the healing of your burn, it is also very soothing. You can also add chamomile oil or flowers to your tea if you have it. (You want to make this as potent as possible) I applied it every day.
So there you have it; tried and true natural remedies to help with that first degree burn we call sunburn. Wear a hat to protect your face, and apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors.
TTYL Precious Beauties