July is National UV Protection Month. The sun is warm and wonderful but can be very dangerous if we do not take precautions to protect ourselves from it’s rays. While sunscreen, hats, and UV protective clothing are an effective way to enjoy the sun and prevent sunburn, it is important to understand that sometimes sunburn does happen regardless of the measures we have taken. Below are a few natural remedies to help ease the pain of a dreaded sunburn.
- Aloe Vera- Aloe helps ease the itching and burning when applied to a sunburn. For added relief, put aloe into ice cube trays and freeze for a bonus cooling effect.
- Coconut Oil- Gently rub coconut oil into the sunburn. The oil takes out the burn and tightens the skin to help reduce wrinkles that may result from sun damage.
- Witch Hazel- Apply a compress of witch hazel to the affected area. This will help with pain and swelling as well as help eliminate peeling.
- Baking Soda Bath- Mix 1 cup of baking soda into a cool bath and soak for no more than 15-20 minutes.
- Black Tea- Allow tea bags to soak and then apply them to the affected area. There are components in black tea that can help remove heat from sunburn and other components, called catechins that help prevent and repair skin damage.
- Apple Cider Vinegar- There are countless benefits and uses for apple cider vinegar. It comes as no surprise that it can also help soothe and heal a sunburn. You can add it to a spray bottle and use it as a mist or you can add it to a cool compress and apply it by gently pressing it on to the affected areas.
- Cucumber- Make a paste by blending chilled cucumbers. Apply the paste to sunburned areas to help ease pain and inflammation.
Stay safe, be smart out there, and enjoy Summer while it lasts.