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When I was in high school, it was all the rage to cover yourself with baby oil and lay in the sun to
burn tan. We didn’t know about the dangers of tanning and I never heard anyone talking about skin cancer. Of course, now we know better but if you’re fair skinned like me, you still have to deal with sunburn occasionally.
Healing Sunburn Naturally
With summer right around the corner, we’ll be spending more time outside in the sun. If you do end up with a sunburn, it is possible to reduce redness and pain naturally with a few of these tips for healing sunburn naturally.
- Use a cold washcloth. When you get a sunburn, the skin is red and inflamed. You can cool it down with cold water. Simply soak a washcloth in cold water and lay it gently against the burn. Repeat as needed when the washcloth warms up.
- Apply yogurt. Really! Apply a thin layer of plain, unflavored yogurt to your burn. Let it sit for 5 minutes and rinse off gently with cool water. Pat dry.
- Skip the soap. Soap will dry out your skin. Until all traces of sunburn are gone, avoid using soap when you wash.
- Apply a moisturizer. If your skin is burned, you can find relief by adding a plain, unscented moisturizing lotion. For extra relief, put it in the refrigerator for an hour first.
- Drink extra water. Replenish the loss of water in your skin by drinking extra water. For something a bit different, toss a handful of fresh cut fruit in the water for an infusion of flavor.
- Apple cider vinegar. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a cool bath and soak away some of the irritation.
- Aloe vera gel. Add gel from an aloe vera plant to soothe sunburn. Don’t have a plant? You can buy a bottle of aloe vera gel at most drug stores.
Prevention is the best medicine so before you go out in the sun, please be certain you put on sun protection. I use products that have at least an SPF45 because I burn easily. Even if you rarely burn, you should at least use a product with a SPF30. Remember that you can get a sunburn even on a cloudy day so be prepared!
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over the age of 40. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.