Sunburn Remedies

Sunburn is best avoided but if you have got burned accidentally, then natural sunburn remedies can help ease the pain and damage.

There are varying degrees of sunburn.

  • mild - some redness and hot skin
  • moderate - redness and hot skin with small blisters 
  • severe - larger blisters, deep red or purple skin, shivering and a temperature

Sunburn makes you sore and itchy, speeds up ageing and increases the risk of skin cancer later in life.

If you're pale skinned and blue eyed, you're more likely to suffer but it can affect dark skinned people as well.

You can't cure sunburn - if it happens, then you're sunburned - but there are remedies to ease the discomfort and lessen the damage.

For mild sunburn add 10 drops each of chamomile oil and lavender oil to a cool bath and soak for about 30 minutes. This will relieve the pain and moisturise your skin.

Moderate sunburn benefits from chamomile and lavender oil mixed into a neutral oil, such as almond. Apply this to the affected areas twice a day. It will soothe and moisturise the skin.

Aloe vera is a remedy for any type of burn. Grow a plant on your windowsill and when needed, take off a leaf, split it open and take out the gel you find inside. Apply this directly to the affected areas.

You can make your own cream by breaking open a vitamin E capsule and mixing it into a tablespoon of moisturising cream - aqueuos cream which is very cheap is a good one to use.

This will speed up the healing process as well as moisturise your skin.

You can also relieve the pain by soaking a cotton towel or shirt in water and placing it on the affected areas. It will need replacing as it warms up against your body, but it is effective in taking some of the burning pain away until you can get a cool bath.

If you have severe sunburn, then you should consult a doctor. If the blisters burst, they could become infected.

Sunburn remedies have their place, but the very best thing you can do is avoid burning in the first place. Use a high factor sunscreen and avoid the sun between 10 am and 3pm if you can. Cover up with clothing and a wide brimmed hat.

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