When needed, these natural remedies against sunburns can help you heal in no time. They are simple, handy and efficient — and they also work for children.
Nowadays, due to the extreme climatic conditions and the reduction of the ozone layer, the effects of sunburn are intensified. However, with effective implementation of these home remedies, treating sunburns will be much easier.
Cold water, cold baths, using sunscreen, optimal daily water consumption, use of antibacterial soap and the use of moisturizers are just a few remedies that help in the rapid healing of sunburn.
Let’s check a few of them out!
Minimize exposure to sunlight
This goes without saying. The most important remedy for any illness is to stay away from what caused it!
Sun exposure should therefore be avoided. If you have a sunburn, stay indoors, especially between 10:00 and 16:00, when UV rays are usually stronger.
While outdoors, patients with sunburns should always wear a hat, lightweight light clothing and sunglasses to protect their eyes from UV rays.
Cold water compresses
Sunburn causes pain and inflammation of the skin. Compresses could be used to cool down the affected areas. This cooling effect could also be enhanced by directing a fan to the affected area.
Cold water acts as an effective cooling agent to help reduce the symptoms of sunburn. A cloth can be soaked in cold water and applied to the affected area.
A cold bath is also a very effective remedy. It can help relieve pain, itching and inflammation. However, do not use fragrances, oils or salts, as they can increase the sensitivity of your skin.
When using the towel, you need to lightly swab the skin to avoid further damage to the skin.
Constant consumption of liquid is necessary, because sunburn can lead to dehydration. A healthy water intake also helps cool the body. You should make sure you consume at least 6-8 glasses of water per day.
Vegetables and fruits
Consuming vegetables and fruits with high water content can help you rehydrate faster. Some of these include cucumbers, melons, papaya.
Sunburn caused complications, such as itching, redness and irritation, can be eliminated with consuming thick aloe vera juice. Cut an aloe vera leaf and apply directly to the burn. Repeat this 5 to 6 times a day.
Skimmed milk contains proteins that soothe burns. Mix milk and water at a 1:4 ratio, add some ice cubes and apply compresses with the resulting mixture, letting them sit on the affected areas for 15 minutes. Repeat the process every 2-4 hours.