This weekend I realized why I didn’t go to the beach often. I love the water, but I really don’t care for the sand nor the sunburn I now have right before school is about to start. Unfortunately, through the years I have learned the hard way about how to treat a sunburn. But, after some experience and research, I have the perfect remedies and the do’s and don’ts!
what NOT to do:
Don’t take a HOT shower. It’s a burn and this can only make it worse. Take a nice cold shower, even if you’re not used to it. Applying ice also helps; just keep cool.
Don’t expose yourself to ALOT of sunlight right after. In order to heal you need to stay far away from sunlight. It may get worse and the pain will only increase.
Don’t buy that fancy green gel. Every time we get sunburned, we go to the store and buy that fancy green gel everyone uses. I noticed this doesn’t help most of the time and it includes alcohol as an ingredient. This can’t be good! Find more natural remedies.
Don’t use butter. Bella Sugar says not to use this old wives’ tale. It will do absolutely nothing for the sunburn.
what TO use:
Aloe Vera. If you don’t have an Aloe Vera plant, any cream with a large percentage of Aloe Vera (95% is great) will do. It’s a natural remedy that will sooth the pain and will aid the skin’s healing process.
Black Tea & Mint. I came across a remedy on Pinterest from Martha Stewart that really did the trick. Boil water, pour over black tea and mint, and let sit. Once refrigerated grab a cotton ball or washcloth to apply to sunburned area. The black tea helps regain the lost acid from the burn and the mint cools it. It feels great and helps sooth the pain.
Apply Honey. As crazy as it sounds, it helps. I use honey for a variety of things and it just about soothes anything you need it to. The HuffPost clarified that honey can help the skin re-epithelize!
Here are just a few remember that have helped me, but there are so many others. The HuffPost has many great ones that have been scientifically proven. Check them out!
If your sunburn is really bad (blisters and all), you should probably see a doctor before it gets any worse. Also, there are simple ways to avoid looking like a lobster! Just apply some sunblock with 30 or more SPF. I usually use anything above 50, but it’s up to you. Make sure you protect your face and ladies sometimes make-up has SPF, but check if it’s enough to protect you throughout the day!
What are your sunburn remedies?