Summer brings lots of opportunities to venture outside, into the woods, or relaxing on the beach, but can also bring over exposure to too much sunshine (UV light). Sunburn is a hot, painful feeling that can also increase your chances of skin cancer. To help heal and soothe stinging skin, it is important to begin treating sunburn as soon as you notice it. The first thing you should do is get out of the sun – and preferably indoors. Once you are inside, consider one of these ideas:
Cold Press with Milk
This is a simple and quick way to treat sunburn. It is best to use cold milk from the fridge. The coolness of the milk will ease the heat while it also creates a layer of protein to protect your skin, help it heal, and further soothe discomfort. Thoroughly soak a compress with cold milk and press gently on the burned areas, and leave it for as long as needed.
Baking soda is great for many things including soothing your sunburn. It is one of those things that every home has lying around somewhere. If you don’t have baking soda, try use cornstarch for similar results. Just mix with cold water and apply to the burned areas. Leave it until the pain is getting better, and rinse off.
Vitamin E is often used for moisturizing skin and help reduce wrinkles. If you have some Vitamin E oil in your home, apply some to the sunburned area. They are a great antioxidant, and can help decrease the inflammation. Vitamin E oil also can be rubbed onto the peeling skin.
Fresh Black Tea
The tannic acid in black tea can help draw heat from the sunburned skin. Add some mint to the black tea, cool it down, and apply the tea to the sunburned area. You can also perform a cold press with the liquid or use tea bags soaked in cold water to sooth the burn and reduced inflammation.
Make Your Own Burn Cream
If you have the following ingredients at home, you can easily make your own burn cream.
1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel
2-4 teaspoons of baking soda or cornstarch
5 drops of peppermint essential oil
2 teaspoons of cold water
Mix all the ingredients, and blend into a thick paste. Apply to the surface of burned skins, and keep the rest refrigerated using a container with a lid.
Don’t Get Sunburn
It is so much easier to not to get burned than heal burns afterwards. Be sun smart in the summer. Always take sunscreen with you and apply when heading outside, even on cool or cloudy days.
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