If you stay in the sun for too long without adequate sun protection, the ultraviolet radiations of the sun will damage your skin, leading to sunburn. Although the melanin, produced by the skin, acts as a barrier to sunlight, this natural defense system of the body is not sufficient for protecting your skin from the harsh rays of the sun. Fortunately, there are a number of effective natural remedies that provide fast relief from redness, pain and peeling of the skin caused by overexposure to sunlight.
Applying vinegar diluted with equal amount of cool water to the sunburned areas of the skin provides instant relief from stinging and pain. Vinegar heals sunburn by balancing the pH of the skin. You can apply a compress with diluted vinegar to the affected area or add two cups of vinegar to cool bathwater and soak for about 20 to 30 minutes to get rid of the redness and irritation caused by sunburn.
Coconut oil is a natural sun block. It also helps to soothe the sunburned skin. As the fatty acids in coconut oil can easily penetrate the skin, it provides fast relief from the irritation and pain. In addition, the strong antioxidant property of coconut oil helps in reducing oxidative stress caused by heightened activities of free radical following exposure to sunlight.
Aloe Vera Gel
Applying aloe vera gel to the sunburned area of the skin provides fast relief from inflammation and pain. You can use fresh aloe vera gel or any skin care product containing aloe vera. Apply the gel several times to heal the blisters and soothe the skin. If you are using pure aloe vera gel, it is advisable to blend it with vitamin E as the skin may sting if raw gel is applied directly to the affected area.
Cucumber helps to cool and soothe the sunburned skin. It also acts as a mild topical analgesic and helps to reduce the pain and inflammation. You can apply cucumber juice or cucumber paste to the sunburned areas. For better result, consider mixing the cucumber juice with aloe gel.
Honey can effectively treat sunburn. The antiseptic property of honey protects the blisters from germs and promotes wound healing. It helps to soothe the sunburned skin and decreases swelling. Honey also promotes growth of new skin cells. For best result, use medicinal honey.
Using oatmeal for treating sunburn is a time-honored remedy. Oatmeal bath provides fast relief from itching caused by sunburn. You can use oatmeal in two ways to treat sunburn. To treat the whole body, grind a cup of dry oatmeal and add it to the bath and soak in the cool bath for about 20 to 30 minutes. To treat facial sunburn, wrap uncooked oatmeal in gauze and soak it in cool water for several minutes. After the water turns cloudy, soak a piece of cheesecloth in the cloudy liquid and put it on the sunburned area.
Cool Milk Compress
Soak gauze in cool milk and put it on the sunburned area to reduce the discomfort. By forming a protective coating of milk protein on the affected area, the cool milk compress reduces pain and accelerates healing. Apply the compress for about 15 to 20 minutes several times a day. Instead of milk you can also use yogurt for treating sunburn.
Raw potato juice is another time honored sunburn remedy. It helps in reducing the swelling and irritation. For severe sunburn, apply cool compress with potato juice. For minor sunburns, put thin slices of potato on the affected area.
The alkaline effect of baking soda helps to soothe the sunburned skin. It is also a mild antiseptic and helps in exfoliation. Soak cotton ball in baking soda solution and apply it to the sunburned areas to reduce itching and discomfort and promote healing.