Remedies for Sunburn

The sun is where we all want to be when the weather gets warm. But, when you go out in the sun, you need to protect your skin so you don’t end up having bad sunburn. If you do sustain sunburn there are ways to get relief.

Many types of sunburn occur when you are out in the sun doing other things besides having fun in the water. You don’t think about applying sunblock or sunscreen when at the park with your kids or out in the garden. However, any time you are in the sun for an extended period of time, the harmful rays of the sun can damage your skin.

Sunburn develops as a result of those harmful ultraviolet rays penetrating the outer layer of the skin. Like the name implies, sunburn is actually a burn on the skin. Some rays penetrate deeper into the tissues where sun damage can result in tissue changes and cancer formation. UVB rays are more dangerous to the skin than UVA but both can cause sunburn.

Sunburn can develop easily after only about thirty minutes of direct sunlight. You won’t notice or even feel like you have been burned by the sun until several hours later. While in the sun, your skin will feel warm but that will be contributed to heat from the sun.

When you go indoors, your skin will still feel warm. Eventually, red blotches will develop where sunburn has occurred. The area is also tender to the touch of hands and even clothing. The skin will begin to blister after a couple of days. Some people with really bad sunburn can suffer from nausea and vomiting as well.

As miserable as sunburn is, there are ways to minimize the symptoms and get your skin back on the mend. Before looking at over–the-counter remedies, try a few natural remedies.

1. Aloe Vera – this plant has thick leaves that contain a cool substance to relieve the pain and inflammation of sunburn. Break off part of a leaf and rub gently onto your sunburned skin.

2. Baking soda bath – add half a cup of baking soda to a lukewarm bath and allow your body to soak. The baking soda cools the burn to relieve irritation and pain. Instead of rubbing, allow your body to air dry.

3. Apple cider vinegar – vinegar has many healing properties including antibacterial and antiseptic. Use a cotton swab or a cotton ball to rub apple cider vinegar on your sunburned areas to prevent chafing and peeling.

4. Tea bags – after you make some tea, let the tea bags cool. The tea can be used as a compress to detoxify your skin and reduce inflammation.

5. Cold cream – this is a commercial product but helpful to cool the pain of a sunburn. Cover the sunburned areas in a thick coat to soothe the burn and moisturize the skin.

Are you suffering from too much fun in the sun? Start with these five remedies to get relief for your sunburn.