With summer on the way, you need to get ready to deal with some sunburn! You can do your best to lather your kids in sunblock every time they leave the house, but often we forget about ourselves and land up with a nasty sunburn that makes life miserable for a few days, and not to mention causes damage to our skin.
We should always do our best to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun, but life gets in the way sometimes, so the next best thing is to know how to treat sunburn at home.
Here are the best home remedies for sunburn!
Baking soda really does have so many uses at home, from being used in baking to skincare. For sunburn, baking soda can help to reduce sun damage. To use baking soda, pour a few heaped tablespoons into a bath filled with cool water.
Sit in this bath for around 20 minutes to cool and soothe skin.
You could also add a cup of oats into the bath. The oats will help to soothe irritation and inflammation and help the skin get back some of its natural moisture to treat the sunburn.
Avoid rubbing or scrubbing your skin in the bath. When you get out of the bath, dab your skin dry instead of rubbing dry.
Aloe vera is one of the best substances to use to treat sunburn. If you have an aloe vera plant in your house, it should be your first stop after sitting in the sun.
The gel inside of an aloe vera plant, or aloe vera gel sold in stores, can give immediate relief to sunburned skin. Use a 100 percent aloe vera gel, not an aloe-based ointment or lotion, these are not as effective.
Apply the aloe vera gel to your skin every few hours after sunburn to help lessen the damaging effects.
There is an old wives tale that says 2-cups of vinegar in a cool bath helps to remove the sting from a sunburn. Others think that the acidity in vinegar might actually make the sting worse.
For those who have not used a vinegar bath to treat sunburn before, it would be best to use it for a light sunburn or on a small area of skin. Soak a washcloth in a vinegar and water mix, and place this over a small affected area to see how your skin reacts.
Wear Loose Clothing
Sunburn damages your skin, and sometimes this damage can be quite severe. Your skin will need to recover and repair itself. To allow it to do this, you should wear loose clothing. Try to only wear natural fibres such as cotton or bamboo, which are gentle on the skin and breathable too.
Avoid going back into the sun for quite some time as well. If you cannot avoid this, wear as much of the strongest sun protection that you can, and sit under an umbrella or shade cover to reduce exposure.
Give your skin the time it needs to heal and remember to lather on the sunscreen next time!