Summer is finally here! But if you’re a sun worshipper beware. Spending too much time in the sun, or getting sun burnt, can contribute to premature ageing, wrinkles or even skin cancer. Sunburn can also leave you feeling very uncomfortable.
Preventing over exposure to the sun is the key here but if you do get toasted, here are some natural sunburn remedies you an use.
Tips for soothing sunburn
After excessive sun exposure, take a cool shower or soak in a tepid bath to which you have added 1 cup (235ml) of apple cider vinegar or 7 drops of cooling and anti-inflammatory peppermint or lavender essential oil. Black or green tea bags are high in pain-relieving astringent tannic acid and can be moistened and applied to the skin, or made into tea and added to bath water.
Another soothing bath for sunburn is ½ cup (111g) of baking soda and a small handful of sea salt. Tepid oatmeal baths (use 1 cup [80g]) are also soothing and cooling.
After your bath you can use a clean glass or plastic bottle (250ml) with a spray top and mix 1cup (235ml) Aloe Vera juice with 10 drops of lavender oil. Use it as a mist to soothe the skin when it is very sensitive to touch. Use just the amount needed to cover the affected areas.
Any remaining solution cans be stored in the refrigerator, clearly labelled with name and date created.
Aloe vera and natural sunburn relief
A direct application of Aloe Vera gel on burns will act as a wonderful soothing pain reliever. I know from my own personal experience of spilling a hot drink on bare skin. It hurt at first but after applying Aloe Vera gel every 30 mins for first 4 hours, I had no blisters, hardly any pain and when the burnt skin healed I was without any scars after the accident.
I am not surprised that Aloe Vera has been called “nature’s miracle” and many other names. My personal favourite is “isha irazu”, which translates from Japanese as “no doctor needed”.
It is a contact healer, which not only reduces pain, but it also stimulates healing on the affected area as well. For this reason using Aloe Vera gel directly on affected areas is a perfect natural sunburn remedy.
Manuka honey for sunburn
There is also another old recipe for treating minor burns or scalds that uses Manuka honey.
Apply Manuka honey directly onto the burnt area and it should prevent the formation of blisters and aid natural healing. It’s also a mild antiseptic so it keeps wounds and minor burns clean and infection-free.
Honey absorbs moisture so discourages the growth of bacteria and other harmful micro-organisms around a skin lesion. It can also be used to keep the dressing from drying out on a wound, allowing the skin to heal faster and with less scarring.
Treatments for over exposure to the sun
In addition to natural sunburn remedies you may need to treat your body from over exposure to the sun.
This can cause symptoms such as throbbing headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and in some cases, it can even lead to more serious and life-threatening conditions. So taking care of yourself is very important.
Drink plenty of water to help re-hydrate your body and skin. In this case Aloe Vera juice can be a great help with cooling down. Some people also drink peppermint tea to cool them from the inside.
Avoid further sun exposure until symptoms have subsided and thereafter avoid midday sun.
Do not break blisters! Be aware that you can get easily burned through light cotton clothing so still apply sunscreen protection. Wear a hat that protects the head and gives shade to the back of the neck. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water during the day.
Also, one point to remember is not to wear clothing with ripped holes (such as fashionable ripped jeans or cold shoulder tops) as you could still get burned through the holes on bare skin!
Top tips for a healthy glow
Spending too much time in the sun, without appropriate precautions, could cause you many hours, days or months of discomfort and pain.
Here are our top tips on how to reach the desired sun-kissed look skin without causing yours skin serious damage.
- Exfoliate your skin to remove the dead cells from the uppermost layer of the skin and allow for fresh skin to appear.
- Wear a sunscreen with appropriate SPF factor which can extend the time you can spend in the sun without suffering additional skin damage. Also remember to re-apply the sunscreen 15-30 mins before you go in the sun. The basic principle here is that the earlier you apply your sunscreen once you’re exposed, the less damage the UV rays will do to your skin.
- DO NOT overexpose your skin to the sun. Spending a whole day at the beach may give you a tanned look for a day, but it may very well leave you with sunburn when you leave. The best way to get a healthy summer glow is to tan in small doses. Half an hour to an hour under the sun a day will allow your body to produce adequate melanin to aid you the next time you tan.
- Wear your shades and a hat. Did you know that sunglasses can block around 99% of UV rays and protect your eyes from eye diseases like cataract or even eye cancer caused by UV rays? Not only children but also adults need to protect their ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.
Lastly, remember to give your skin time to repair itself after a day out in the sun and before walking outdoors again. These four tips may help you to have healthy-looking and radiant summer glow skin.
Please note this information has been taken from various sources. Care should always be taken when spraying or applying substances on to burns. If in doubt or serious pain, you should always seek medical attention.