There are so many incredible things that come along with warmer weather – pool days, hiking, outdoor barbecues, and soaking up the sunshine. However, sunny days can also come along with a not-so-positive side effect – sunburns. Not only are sunburns unsightly, but they can also be very painful, with an uncomfortable sensation of stinging and overheating. Here are some of the best ways to treat a sunburn fast, so you can go back to enjoying your time outside.
Pure Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the oldest and most effective treatments for sunburn, and the great thing about it is that it is all natural. You can find pure gels and lotions that are made from aloe vera at many health stores and online or you can look for the actual aloe vera plant at natural food or plant stores. It’s one of the easiest ways to provide relief from a sunburn if you are in a pinch. Aloe vera is naturally very moisturizing, so it’s incredible at treating parched skin.
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Another easy way to soothe the symptoms of a sunburn is to apply a towel with cold water to the affected area. This helps your body cool down and will soothe the stinging feeling. For extra soothing benefits, soak chamomile tea bags in your cool water before applying. It’s also important to drink water frequently while dealing with a sunburn. The sun dehydrates your body quickly, but getting enough water is the key to helping you recover.
In addition to consuming enough water, it’s also essential to apply a gentle, soothing moisturizer to your skin a few times each day. The moisturizer should use natural ingredients and shouldn’t contain chemicals like petroleum that might actually trap the heat in your skin. When you get a sunburn, the top few layers of your skin dry out, and the dead skin might peel off in severe cases. Although it can be tempting to pick at the top layer of skin, it’s important to try to leave it alone, as this could irritate the burn even further.
Another helpful natural remedy for a sunburn is an oatmeal bath. Many people use this solution when they have chicken pox, but it can also be beneficial for sunburns. If you’re feeling an itchy or stinging sensation, oatmeal will help this subside, so you can leave your skin alone and let it heal.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is naturally soothing and calming, so applying a small amount of lavender essential oil to your skin can help ease sunburn symptoms. A little goes a long way, however, so be sure not to overdo it. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bath to relax when you have a sunburn. Make sure your essential oil products are natural and that they don’t have chemicals added.
Although sunburns are uncomfortable, they can go away very quickly if you treat them properly. Of course, you’ll always want to wear sunscreen to prevent sunburns when you can. However, when accidents happen, taking care of them as soon as possible prevents future skin damage.