Summer is all about beach parties, barbeques, and outdoor adventures. But while you enjoy all these activities, most of you might not be aware that your skin is burning up like a red lobster! Though you keep on applying that ‘so-called sunblock, you are already regretting going out. Well, it is obvious that many of us are having trouble with sunburn. We always try to avoid getting a sunburn even though, at times, the power of the sun can unexpectedly surprise us!
What causes Sunburn?
Too much exposure to the sun causes sunburn. Technically, sunburn is also called ‘erythema solare’. Longwave ultraviolet A (UVA) and shortwave ultraviolet B (UVB), are two main types of light that reaches us. These two lights differ in the way they go through the skin. UVA rays penetrate deep into the thickest layer of skin called ‘dermis’. UVB usually burns the superficial layers in your skin. It plays the important role in developing skin cancer. The intensity of this ray varies by location, season and time of day, with 10 am to 4 pm being the rush hours.
So, now that you know how it occurs, it’s time to find out how you can prevent the blistering sunburns with simple and natural cures. Here’s the list of some DIY prevention and curing methods for mild as well as severe sun burns.
The white substance called ‘starch’ in potatoes helps to remove the sting out of the burn. Take a fresh slice potato and simply rub around the burn area for at least 15 minutes. Try this technique three times a week and see the difference. Potato contains a bleaching element that helps as a natural sunburn cure.
According to the experts and scientist, red tomato is a natural sunburn cure. Take a fresh frozen tomato and cut it in two segments and apply it directly to the burnt area. Repeat this process 3 times a week. Tomatoes are the easiest and cheapest way to cure your skin burn.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel is the next best thing to cure the injuries caused as the result of severe sunburn. Just slice open one of the aloe vera leaves and apply the gel directly onto the burnt area. Repeat this several times a day until your sunburn is gone.
Yogurt contains probiotics and enzymes that help to heal your skin and works as the fastest cure for sunburn. Take one-half cup of yogurt for facial burn or you can also use more if you want to apply on your body. Keep it for at least 5 minutes. Gently rinse it off with cool water. Yogurt will restore your skin’s natural barrier as well.
Take a spoonful of apple cider vinegar and dilute with cool or tepid water. Dip a washed/ clean cloth and gently pat it on the affected areas. Take a cool bath after keeping it for 5 minutes. Vinegar is very helpful for natural sunburn cure.
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The discomfort of sunburn can be reduced by consuming sunflower seeds. It contains a lot of Vitamin E that helps in healing the injuries caused by the sun burn.
Hydrotherapy also called as ‘water cure’ is also another effective method you can try at home. Taking a short, cold water bath can help you keep the burn cold and moisturized. This immediately helps to relieve the irritation and itchiness from the burns. However, you can also use a wet towel or a cold compress on the burnt areas.
Sandalwood and Turmeric Paste
Sandalwood & Turmeric are the herbs that have a cooling effect on the skin. Mix equal amount of both with cold water, apply in infected areas and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. It is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy considered as a natural sunburn cure.
Due to the anti-bacterial properties of honey, it is considered a good relief to a sunburn. Applying honey on the affected areas will help to heal quicker.
Cut thin slices of cold cucumber, or you could also make a cucumber puree and apply it on the affected areas for effective results.
DIY Burn Relief spray
Mix 2 ounces aloe vera gel, 2 ounces cold water, 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil and lavender essential oils. Pour the mixture into a small spray bottle and shake well before using. This spray can be applied to the entire burned area whenever needed. Store in the refrigerator for approximately 6-8 days.
A cool milk compress is the easiest, simplest and cheapest method to treat sunburn fast. The coolness of milk will comfort the heat, while it also creates a surface of the protein to protect your skin and help it heal.