Say Goodbye to Summer Sunburns!
Summer is definitely the most beautiful time of year, but it can easily become the most dangerous if you're prone to sunburns (which almost everyone is). Sunburns aren't something to mess with. On top of being harmful to your skin, they're incredibly annoying. You can barely move, and don't even get me started on trying to take a relaxing shower; there's nothing relaxing about having red-hot skin. The biggest solution to enjoying time outside--worry-free--is applying sunscreen religiously. However, if those pesky UV rays still manage to find their way under your layers and layers of sunscreen, then we're here to help you get rid of them as quickly and organically as possible.
5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Sunburn
1. Aloe vera is everyone's go-to cure for a sunburn, since this green gel is quite literally magical. Derived from the infamous aloe succulent plant, aloe vera can be purchased at any local drugstore or select grocery store. All you have to do is squirt some onto the sunburned area and gently rub it over the skin until it's fully covered. Repeat this multiple times throughout the day, especially before bed. Not only does this help get rid of a sunburn quickly, but the aloe also soothes the irritation and burning sensation while working its magic.
2. Oatmeal, surprisingly, is very helpful for sunburns. The best method of application is soaking in an oatmeal bath, which can be easily made. All you have to do is pour a cup of oatmeal into a blender to make sure it's finely ground, then pour the mixture into your bath water. Soak for at least 20 minutes to ensure that the oatmeal is working to help calm your inflammation and dryness.
3. Black tea can be used to reduce redness and restore your skin's vitals after being damaged by a sunburn. Once you've brewed the tea and let it sit to cool down, pour the tea onto a washcloth and gently pat the skin, or pour the tea onto paper towels and let them rest on the sunburned area. Both of these application methods work well, but I personally suggest the paper towels, as you're giving the tea maximum opportunity to soak into the skin.
4. Cooled milk is another remedy that can go onto the skin using a washcloth or paper towels. Simply pour some of the liquid on your cloth or paper towel and gently press into the skin. This should help reduce the pain and red-hot sensation caused from the sunburn. Try your best to make sure that the milk is cool, not cold, since the cold and hot sensations together could cause further discomfort and defeat the purpose of this exercise.
5. Baking soda baths are just as helpful as oatmeal baths. However, less is more in this case. Add about 1/4 cup of baking soda to a cool bath. Once again, soak for at least 20 minutes to maximize the soothing and reduce inflammation. It's perfectly safe to use more than 1/4 cup, but just beware that any solid chunks can cause further irritation by scratching your already irritated skin.
All of these sunburn solutions greatly help reduce inflammation/redness and sooth your burning skin. They're perfectly safe to use, so feel free to try all of them (separately, of course). In the meantime, take care of your sunburn by keeping it as moisturized as possible; lavender and coconut oil are great at keeping your skin hydrated and happy, especially when you have a sunburn. Stay away from hot water, as this can further dry out your skin.
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