Sunburn, as name implies, is the type of burn caused by overexposure to sun or sunlamps. These burns are characterized by the redness, rashes, and peeling of the skin that may look different than the surrounding skin areas.
While you must seek doctor’s help in case of severe sunburn signs along with the symptoms like fever and pain, you can ease the mild sunburns with these home remedies.
Baking soda is an efficient home remedies for sunburn due to its alkaline properties. Besides, it is packed with antiseptic properties to soothe your itchy sensation. Let’s see how you can use baking soda to heal your sunburns.
Mix one cup of baking soda to the bathtub filled with cold water. Stir well. Soak in the water for nearly 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, pat dry with clean towel. Repeat it daily till you see improvements.
You can also make use the paste of the baking soda by adding enough water to 4 tbsp. of the soda. Use the paste on the affected parts of the body. Wait for 15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Black tea is packed with antioxidants which are quite useful for healing the sunburn affected skin. It contains tannins which safeguard your skin from UV radiation damage while minimizing inflammation. It also helps in restoring the skin’s pH balance.
Brew 3 teabags in a pan of hot water. Let it steep for few minutes. Remove the teabags and allow the liquid cool to room temperature. Use a cotton ball to apply the solution on your affected parts of the skin. Wait till it dries completely and reapply three or four times, as necessary; you need not rinse it off. Repeat it daily till you see improvement.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar contains acetic components of medications such as Aspirin, making it a good home remedy for sunburn’s signs including pain, itching and inflammation. There are many ways you can use apple cider vinegar to treat your sunburns.
- Soak cotton balls in white vinegar, and apply them to the sunburned areas. Wait until the cotton balls are dry.
- Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar to your bathtub filled with lukewarm water. Soak in this water for about half an hour. This can balance the pH level of sunburned skin while enhancing healing. Repeat this remedy till you see an improvement.
- Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and cool water. Dab large cotton balls in the solution and keep them over the affected parts. Wait until they are dry. Do it several times a day to see improvement.
(Caution: Don’t use apple cider vinegar on your broken parts or skin abrasions)
Aloe vera needs to introduction when it comes to the natural treatment of the skin. This is because Aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory and soothing properties to heal the various signs of sunburn.
Take a fresh leaf of Aloe vera and extract the gel like substance by peeling it off. Keep the gel in the refrigerator for nearly 30 hours so that it can be set. Apply the chilled aloe vera gel on the affected parts of your skin. Let it dry so that the skin can absorbed the therapeutic content of the plant. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat it dry with a clean towel. You can also use aloe vera gel if you don’t have an aloe vera plant.
Besides using these home remedies for sunburn, take care of your skin with these tips and precautions:
- Use a moisturizer to make your skin feel better
- Stay hydrated
- Apply cold compress to ease the inflammation
See your dermatologist if burns are severe