Skin care: Nourish, heal and protect your skin with these natural sunburn remedies.

We can all agree that exposing yourself to the sun brings many benefits like vitamin D production and hormonal balance. However, too much sun exposure can be very harmful and even dangerous.
Some people easily burn, others are more resistant, but sunburn is painful and harmful to everyone, so we need to know efficient ways to minimize damage and help the body heal properly.

How does sunburn happen?

Normally, when you have been exposed to the sun for a longer time, your body starts producing melanin to protect the skin. Melanin is a pigment which is involved in the tanning process of your skin. Sadly, it is not capable of protecting your skin from overexposure to the UV rays of the sun which damage the skin’s DNA. When such damage occurs, the body sends blood to the area to help it heal, consequently causing inflammation. Moreover, no amount of sunscreen can help keep your skin safe if you are exposed to the sun for long hours and it is most likely you will suffer sunburn.
Natural home remedies for sunburn
A diet that supports sun tolerance and skin health combined with careful sun exposure can reduce the chances of sunburn. Covering- up is also useful but in case you your skin gets pink or you did not pay attention to protecting your skin, the following natural remedies are the ones that will help you ease your pain.
Aloe Vera
Aloe brings a cooling to your skin, due to this it has been long-used for treating sunburn. When choosing between the Aloe Vera plant, gel and lotion always go with the plant. But in case you have access to only the gel or lotion, we recommend you look for a high-quality one without preservatives.
As any other burn, a sunburn also dries your skin while the overexposure to the sun causes dehydration of your body. Hydration is a very crucial part of the healing process, which means drinking plenty of water, herbal teas or kombucha is a must.
Essential oils
Helichrysum and lavender oil are very helpful in treating sunburn because they sooth the burn and help speed up the recovery process. The best way to use these essential oils is to mix them in a bottle of water and spritz on the sunburned area.
Cool bath or compress
Cool water is proven to be helpful because it eases the heat and pain that sunburn causes. There are also various remedies that can be added to your bath to enhance its effect. Adding a few cups of baking soda or chamomile tea will help sooth and heal the skin while black tea can be used to relieve sunburn pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Another way to use tea, is making a strong cup by putting a few bags in it and using spraying the liquid on your skin or adding it to a cool compress.
ACV and herbs spray
Diluted apple cinder vinegar is a remedy commonly used to treat sunburn, but what most people do not know is that when combined with soothing herbs or a strong tea it is more effective. Make it by following these simple steps:

  • Start by boiling one cup of water, then add in two tablespoons of dried mint leaf, dried plantain leaf and lavender flowers
  • Next remove it from the heath and let it cool off. When this is done with, the next step is straining out the herbs
  • An equal amount of ACV should be added to the tea mixture
  • Finally pour the liquid into a spray bottle and spray on the sunburned area as often as needed

This remedy helps reduce the heath caused by sunburns due to its cooling properties, while the healing and soothing effect are made possible by the ACV and the herbs.

What not to do after a sunburn

There are various things that can worsen the sunburn and cause more harm than good, therefore it is also important to know what not to do when facing a sunburn.

  • Try avoiding tight-fitting clothes for a while
  • Sunburn must not be covered with makeup until it has properly healed
  • Peeling skin and popping blisters is a big NO! You need to let the body heal naturally
  • Avoid sun exposure as much as possible and if you must go out cover up

The most common mistake people make is putting oil and oil-based lotions on the sunburn. Not only is this not helpful but it can make the sunburn worse because it can trap the heath in

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