We all love the sun and when it appears after a long winter, our first inclination is to rush out and soak up the warm and golden sunshine. We all know the cost of doing this could result in tanning, heat rashes, blistering and sun burns, but even then we cannot resist that. This means the likelihood of you getting burning is always there. And when you get sunburned what do you do?
The prudent thing to do if the burn is severe is to visit a doctor for help. However if the burn seems relatively harmless and/or you are not in a position to get a doctor’s help then the thing to do is try some of these simple home remedies.
Use juice of cucumbers: Cucumbers are good for reducing the inflammation of the skin. All you need to do is mix some juice of cucumbers with some milk. You can gently apply this mix to the area that is sunburned on the face using a ball of cotton. Let this mix dry out for half an hour and then wipe the mixture with a wet cloth. The other way you can help yourself is apply slices of cucumber on your face where the skin is burned.
Soothe the skin with aloe vera: Aloe is known to have cooling qualities as well as supposed to heal the skin when it is burned. You need to make a paste of aloe leaves or extract the juice to be applied on the skin. You will find that the aloe vera does cool and make the skin feel better. You can also put a cold compress on the area that is sunburned.
Fragrant sandalwood to the rescue: A paste made with water and sandalwood powder can be applied to the affected area. After leaving this paste on for about 20 minutes, you can wash your face off with cool water. Done repeatedly for a longer time the anti inflammatory properties of sandalwood will help reduce the swelling and also removes the redness of the skin. You may also add turmeric to this mix to get better results.
Potent potatoes pipe things down: The juice of potatoes have been found to be good for cooling the area that is burned by the sun. Simply apply the juice of potato with a cotton ball and apply it on the required area, leave for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.
Caress with coconut oil: Coconut oil is even good for keeping the sun from burning your skin. Keep applying coconut oil on the skin regularly for a few days to ensure that the inflammation comes down the discoloration that occurs due to the burn will come down. It also keeps your skin hydrated as it also has vitamin E. The only caution to be followed is that not to apply coconut oil on skin when going out in the sun as it acts as an agent for tanning.
Vinegar for soothing: Vinegar with equal amounts of water and applied on the areas that are affected by the sun can prove to be really effective in treating burns due to sun exposure. Or you can simply fill a solution of vinegar in a bottle and lightly spray this to the skin. Use of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar can be used. But do make it a point to find out if vinegar is suited to your skin or not before trying it on fully.
Soothe by application or consumption of chamomile tea: The anti inflammatory qualities in chamomile tea can be good for soothing out sun burn. You can use it externally or drink it for keeping things cool. But before you apply on the skin, do take a patch test to ensure there are no allergic reactions to the tea being applied on the skin.