Now that summer is here, you’re probably excited about getting out and enjoying the sun.
However, even the most conscientious sunbathers who reapply sunscreen religiously can slip up once in a while and find themselves with sunburnt skin. Unless you stay out of the sun completely, you’re probably going to get at least a mild sunburn sooner or later.
When it happens to you, try one of these five easy, simple ways to cool and soothe your skin.
1. Aloe Vera
This is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cures for sunburns, and for good reason. It’s not only among the most popular ingredients in sunburn-relieving gels, it’s also one of the most effective natural sunburn remedies, plus it helps prevent peeling in sunburned skin.
Apply aloe vera gel in a thin layer to the sunburned area. Or, if you have a full-body sunburn, you can mix 1-2 cups of aloe vera juice into a bathtub full of lukewarm water and soak in it.
Cucumbers work well on sunburns because they hydrate and moisturize skin naturally. Plus, they contain powerful antioxidants that offer skin protection against sun damage, while helping to build and strengthen the skin’s elastin and collagen.
Cucumber slices, pureed cucumber, and cucumber juice all have the same effect when applied to sunburned skin – they soothe itching, reduce inflammation, and help the skin heal.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil protects both the outer and inner layers of your skin from the risks posed by exposure to UV rays, from sunburns to cancer. Also, it can both soothe minor burns such as sunburns and help them heal more quickly.
The best time to apply coconut oil to the skin is immediately after showering. Apply it every day to make your skin stronger and more resistant to the sun’s rays.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
We usually think of vinegar as a harsh, caustic substance, but believe it or not, apple cider vinegar is a great way to relieve pain, inflammation, and itching from sunburns. Simply pat (don’t rub) undiluted apple cider vinegar onto your skin. To help keep sunburned skin from peeling or blistering, leave it on.
Like aloe vera juice, you can use apple cider vinegar to relieve an all-over sunburn by mixing a cup of it into cool water in a bathtub. Once you’re done soaking in the tub, dry your skin by gently patting it with a towel (again, not by rubbing it). If desired, apply apple cider vinegar directly to the areas that are burned the most.
5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The use of olive oil as a healing agent for burns dates back to ancient times. It works to relieve the pain of a sunburn and to prevent the skin from becoming burned. It can be used to treat all kinds of minor burns by applying it directly to the burn 3-4 times per day.