All Natural Sunburn Remedies
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All Natural Sunburn Remedies

Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013 at 5:00 am
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Aloe vera in potIn the long run, exposing your bare skin to the sun too often can lead to early signs of aging and skin cancer. In the short term, sun exposure can lead to a painful sunburn. There are plenty of ways to keep your skin protected and looking good. However, if you’re feeling the sting of a nasty sunburn, there are several all-natural ways to help your skin feel better and heal quickly. Here are just a few:

Aloe Vera

Aloe is a popular after sun remedy. While you can buy many commercially made aloe gels, they might not offer the full effects of aloe gel right from the plant. Like every other succulent, aloe is easy to grow both indoors and out. You simply have to cut off a single leaf, squeeze the soothing gel out of the center, and apply directly to your skin. While it hasn’t been proven that aloe has any healing properties, it’s very soothing in the short term!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is extremely soothing for the skin. There are a few ways you can use it to ease the sting of a burn. You can mix together some baking soda and water and apply the light paste to your skin with a cotton ball. You can also add half a cup to a bath of lukewarm water and soak for relief.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a wonder liquid that can be used for everything from freshening your breath, to softening your hair, cleaning your floors and tightening the pores on your face. You can also use it after you’ve spent too much time in the sun. Apple cider vinegar acts as an antiseptic. It also cools your skin as it evaporates. Rup some on your skin with a cotton ball for relief. You can also add some to your bathwater before getting in.

Ice and Cold Compresses

It makes sense that the best way to relieve a burn is to apply something cold to it. Taking a cold shower, sitting in a cold bath, or applying an ice pack or cold compress are all ways to make your skin feel much better!

Milk

Swiping a little milk on your skin works because it actually creates a film on your skin. You can also add it to a compress with a little ice and water.

Oatmeal

The healing properties of oatmeal have been recognized for years. It’s used in face masks and washes, body wraps and more. The soothing properties of oatmeal can help with the inflammation and irritation that comes along with a sunburn. You can make a paste from ground-up oatmeal and water and apply it directly to your skin. You can also add some oats to lukewarm bathwater and soak in it.

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