You have spent a relaxing day on the beach, frolicking in the waves, playing volleyball and taking a well-deserved snooze.
Protecting your skin was your number one priority, diligently applying that SPF 30 every hour but regrettably later that night you are swollen and in pain!
Sound all too familiar then read further as we look to nature and kiss sunburn goodbye!
What went wrong
There could be a number of sun protection protocols that were not followed through here :
- The most common one is not choosing the correct SPF, normally you need factor 30 but the more sensitive and prone. you are to burn the higher the SPF should be, especially if you have skin like milk 🙂
- No extra protection like an umbrella or a hat or even a beach tent could leave you exposed and completely vulnerable.
- Going in for a swim and re-applying the SPF is such common sense yet its also a very common mistake to forget to do.
- You just having so much fun playing sports or fell asleep and now you look like a tomato.
The long and short of the damage
Have you ever thought about the lasting effects of sun damage ?
Besides the redness, pain, blisters and in more serious cases nausea and dizziness , this radiation can also cause damage to your DNA. If you don’t protect your skin on a regular basis it can lead to skin cancer.
Overexposure can lead to premature aging as the harmful rays destroys the collagen needed to keep skin firm and supple. If you spend too much time in the sun you will see pigmentation marks and notice brown spots forming more frequently.
Nature to the rescue
So the damage is done, there is no use crying over spilled sunscreen but luckily there are solutions at hand to bring relief to this red-hot mess.
What a wonderful plant this is, you can go straight to the source and use the juice of the plant to apply directly to your skin or check at your pharmacy and grocery stores for Aloe Vera gel or related products. You will feel soothed and cooled in no time.
The tannin found in tea reduces inflammation. Gosh I can remember coming home from a sporting event when I was 10 years old and I looked like a red pepper!
My mom made some tea and I thought the tea was for her 🙂
So she took the bags and placed it on my body and on my eyes and the next day I was healed:-) You can also leave a compress in the tea and let it cool and then apply as needed.
Run a bath and scoop some oatmeal into a sock, tie a knot and let it soak in lukewarm water. Let the water cool down and relax for evening, you can also add milk to water. This breakfast bath will calm and sooth your irritated skin.
So your skin feels like its on fire and all you want to do is jump into an ice bucket but don’t! Cool your skin down a cool not cold shower and once it feels calmed down apply the coconut oil
Create a paste to apply to the burnt areas or you can run a bath and soak in the soda and lukewarm water
Soak in a bath of lukewarm water, this will treat the pain and discomfort and more than anything the aroma calms one’s mental state and that brings a naturally calming effect to the skin. Read more here about soothing effects of lavender and DIY spray remedy for sunburn.
As cool as a cucumber. Create your own cucumber wash by crushing up in a blender and applying in shower then rinse.
The protein in the yogurt will create a film helping to ease the discomfort. Apply col yogurt with a clean cool cloth, if you don’t have any yogurt then milk will also do the trick
Apple Cider Vinegar
A cup added to your bath will restore the pH balance to your skin and promote much-needed healing.
Cooled Mashed potato
Yes you reading correctly 🙂 This I have personally used a few times to heal burns and I know it will work for sunburn too. The starch in the potato is the miracle worker here drawing out the heat, reducing pain and speeding up healing.
Because you are in this dried out stated your body needs water so all I can say here is drink as much water as possible and get in your 2litres!
Prevention is better than cure
To avoid relief remedies altogether it would be wise to be prepared and adequately protected.
- If you know that you will be stepping out into the sun it will help to take vitamins C,D& E in the days prior to exposure and during. Make sure that you are covered head to toe in hats, sunglasses, long sleeves and scarf.
- If you on the beach your best option is a beach umbrella or beach tent for maximum cover.
- The best times to spend at the beach is between 8am and 12pm and then again from 5pm onward , at these times the UV rays is at its lowest and less dangerous.
- Keep yourself hydrated and never underestimate the powers of water.
A lovely summer glow is without a doubt beautiful and healthy but what is the price that you have to pay for this golden tan and can you look at other ways to get a summer kissed look?
Bring on Summer!