Here comes summer, and along with that comes sunburns.When you are out having fun under the sun for long hours, expect the painful, inflamed peeling to plague your skin later. You should never let the summer days pass without spending quality time outdoors. But remember, forgetting to slather on sunscreen can take all that fun away.
Did you know it’s not the heat that causes sunburn? Sunlight brings different light radiation, including various UV rays. Prolonged exposure to sunlight means more UV penetration in the skin. As a protective reaction, your skin produces melanin, or the skin-coloring pigment. When you expose yourself to sunlight for long hours, the skin cannot produce enough melanin, resulting in a scorching, stinging sunburn.
If you think sunburn means redness and tan lines, you are wrong. Blisters can appear, swelling can occur on the affected area and in the worst cases, it can cause fever, chills and even nausea. Summer is fun, but a sunburn is not, so here are seven ways to cool your sunburned skin.
1. Natural Remedies You Can Make at Home
If over-the-counter sunburn creams don’t suit you well, try these natural remedies that you can easily find in your home:
Make Quick And Easy Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one plant you should keep in your garden as an initial potent remedy for wounds and burns.
It contains compounds that speed up healing in cuts and burns. Oddly enough, aloe vera cannot heal sunburn, but it has a cooling effect that soothes painful blisters or peeling due to sunburn.
Cut an aloe vera leaf then rub the gel on the affected area gently. Aloe vera is also an easy plant to grow indoors. Keep it in your home as a quick remedy for sunburn.
Reuse Those Tea Bags
For tea lovers, don’t throw away the used tea bags just yet. In a cool glass of water, dipa used tea bag for a few seconds, and then rub it gently on your sun burnt skin. If you’re not a tea fan, you can still make use of unused tea bags by putting some into your bath before dipping in. You can also dip cotton balls in a freshly brewed tea. Apply it your skin to get the same effect.
Use The Gentle Healing Of Baking Soda
Adding baking soda to your lukewarm bath can also ease discomfort and inflammation. After soaking, do not rinse and do not dry your skin with a towel.
Just let your skin dry by itself. Baking soda does not contain toxic chemicals, so even if it stays long it won’t harm your skin.
Milk Is Not Just For Drinking Anymore
Before gulping up all the milk for min the carton, spare a half cup for your sunburn. With a clean cloth or cotton, evenly spread the milk on the affected area of your skin.
It will form a thin film made of protein that has a calming effect. The next time you get carried away with the summer fun, just grab the milk from the fridge. Keep in mind not to apply cold milk – be sure to warm it slightly.
Go Global Using Coconut Oil
It is a staple ingredient for DIY skin regimens worldwide. You can also use it to alleviate discomforts caused by sunburn.
Sooth Your Skin With Oatmeal
Put a handful of oatmeal in cheesecloth or a thin cloth, and then place it in a container filled with cool water.
Let the wrapped oatmeal stay in the water for a few minutes before discarding it. Soak a compress in the container then gently stroke it onto your sun burnt skin.
Use Cucumbers To Ease The Pain
Cucumbers have painkilling properties. Blend a medium-sized cucumber; chill it in the fridge for a few minutes, then apply it on to the affected area including the face.
2. Avoid Harsh Soaps
Ordinary bath soaps contain strong chemicals that can cause dryness and further irritation. If you have to use soap, choose the milder brands.
Adjust your shower or bath to cool setting. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel. If you are ditching the soap, you can add a cup of vinegar to your bath.
3. Ransack Your Freezer
Heat and friction can make sunburns hurt more. Wear comfortable and loose clothes, including cotton-made, as much as possible.
For mild sunburns, you can use an ice pack covered with a clean cloth or anything cold inside the freezer, except for meat products, of course. Bags of frozen vegetables work especially well, like peas or corn.
4. Moisturize And Hydrate
Soaking in baths and using compresses can relieve pain and discomfort, but it can dry your sunburnt skin even more. After your cooling session, gently pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer or mild lotions right away. You can also use a soap that contains a moisturizing lotion or oil.
Moisturizing should be inside and out, so it’s best to keep your body hydrated. Drink plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables, such as grapes, watermelon, cucumber, cantaloupe, beets and honeydew.
5. Change Your Linens
You may find sleep elusive when your skin is intensely sun burnt, as friction with the sheets can exacerbate the pain. Change your sheets into soft cool fabrics, then sprinkle with talcum powder. If you have an extra air mattress, then it’s time you put it to good use.
6. Avoid Pricking The Blisters
The appearance of blisters is a sure sign of severe sunburn and you know hard it is to resist pricking them, but please don’t.
Give them time to go down on their own, so you won’t end up with scarring. They may itch, but again, don’t scratch them.
There are lotions that can reduce itching and pain of blisters that you can use.
7. Learn From The Experience
As always, prevention is better than cure. In any outdoor activities that require sun exposure, don’t forget a bottle of sunscreen. Apply and reapply generously.
Nevertheless, no matter how diligent you are when it comes to using sunblock; there will be times when you tend to forget especially when you are having so much fun at the beach.
If your skin is already sun burnt, it is best to stay under the shade and still slather sunscreen lotion. Even when you are indoors or under a shady tree, UV rays can still get to your skin.
Do not completely avoid sun exposure because you need its vitamin D. If you are not out swimming, avoid prolonged exposure especially during the sunlight’s peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
It can effectively whiten dark spots without peeling and stinging, like any other lightening products. Take care of your skin, because it is the largest organ in your body.