It is always good to be prepared for when the long-awaited summer arrives. How many sunburns have you already received? It is advisable to use at least Factor 30 of sun protection and reapply throughout the day, but what if it is too late and you are already burned? Here are some natural remedies to combat burns.
Yogurt: Spread yogurt on burned skin to help cool and heal. Your best bet is to use nonfat yogurt. Let the yogurt stay on the skin until it warms up and then rinse. It contains enzymes and acids that can help heal sunburn. Although a bit unpleasant to begin with, relief comes in minutes.
Aloe vera: Aloe Vera gel is the most common home remedy for sunburn. You can use lotions containing Aloe Vera, but it is better to apply fresh Aloe Vera gel to the damaged area of the skin, as this will help the epidermis to heal faster. The sterols in this healing plant are anti-inflammatory and will prevent the skin from swelling, while the nutritious mineral zinc will enhance tissue regeneration. Don't “rub” it in completely, as you would with a regular lotion. Leave it a little sticky and wet on top of the burn, as this helps prevent the skin from drying out and becoming more irritated. If you are buying it in a bottle, the best option is one that does not contain added colors or fragrances.
Honey: A thin layer of raw honey (the unprocessed kind; it should say "raw" on the label) spread over the affected area can reduce inflammation and help fight free radical damage from the burn.
Omega 3: Found in walnuts, flax seeds, walnuts, hazelnuts, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, it can help reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing from the inside out.
Tea bags: If your eyelids are burned, apply tea bags soaked in cold water to decrease swelling and help relieve pain. The tea has tannic acid, which is known to ease the pain of sunburn.
Oats: Wrap the dry oatmeal with cheesecloth. Run cold water over it. Discard the oatmeal and soak the compresses in the liquid and apply every 2 to 4 hours. Researchers say that antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds found only in oats called avenanthramides are responsible for oats' ability to soothe itchy and irritated skin.
Coconut milk: After a long day in the sun, keep the tropical theme as a remedy. Apply a thin layer of cold coconut milk to the sunburned area and it will soften and hydrate the skin.
Drink a lot of water: very important! Sunburn dehydrates you, so it's important to counteract this by drinking plenty of water while you recover. Aim for 12 glasses containing 250ml of water each day (or even a little more).
Cold bath: turn the water to a cold temperature that is just below warm and relax for 10 to 20 minutes. The temperature will ease the pain and the water will prevent your skin from becoming so irritated. Repeat as many times as necessary.
Vitamin E and C: Applying vitamin E oil to sunburn relieves pain, as the vitamin helps hydrate the skin. It's also good to note that vitamins E and C have been shown in studies to work as a preventive measure against sunburn because they act as antioxidants to heal sunburns that are the result of oxidative damage to skin cells.
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