The proverb: “Better to prevent than to cure” is very true for sunburns. Prevention is the best way to protect yourself from short-term effects such as redness, pain or blisters, but also to reduce the risk of long-term skin damage or cancer.
The first symptoms are red skin, excessive heat, feeling uncomfortable tingling and pain even at the most gentle touch.
The following home remedies can help ease sunburns:
- Aloevera. The gel of aloevera has amazing effects on the skin: moisturizing, cooling and calming the skin and also reduces inflammation. It is among the few natural remedies for burns recommended by experts. Apply Aloevera gel on the sensitive area. At best, tear aloevera leaf, break it off and brush with liquid. You will immediately feel relief.
- Coatings with milk. In a bowl, mix half a cup of milk and 2 cups water, add a few ice cubes. Soak gauze in the liquid and place it on the burned skin. Fat in milk will help softening the skin, the ice will help cooling, and these coatings reduce pain and the need for itching.
- Yogurt. Cold yogurt is popular folk remedy for sunburn. Moisten the skin and you will immediately feel the effects of cooling and pain relief.
- Yogurt and lavender oil. Put 4-5 drops of lavender oil in 2 cups of yogurt. Apply it with a cotton ball or gauze on burned area. Yoghurt will instantly cool and lavender will reduce irritation and redness.
- Oatmeal bath. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory effect. Lie down in a tub of lukewarm water and add oat flakes. It is best to put oat flakes in a blender and turn them into powder. Also, you can make a paste of oatmeal and apply it on the skin.
- Apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar helps because it acts as an antiseptic and cools the skin until it evaporates.
- Cold compresses and cold shower. Soak a cloth or gauze in cold water and place it on the red skin or often take showers with cold water.
- Tomatoes. Make a tomato mixture and apply it on the burned skin.
- Green or chamomile tea. Boil green tea or chamomile tea. Leave it to cool and use soft cloth and put it on the burned skin. Also, you can place the tea bags directly to the skin.
This can also help:
- Honey has antibacterial properties and it is proven that it helps in the healing of skin wounds.
- Shaving cream. It sounds strange, but many shaving creams have ingredients that cool the skin and make you feel better.
- Baking soda. Make a solution of baking soda and water, and a cotton pad to apply on the skin. This solution helps because it creates an alkaline environment, and has antiseptic properties.