Skin Care: Ease Sunburn Naturally

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By Flor Leano

Got red, painful and feverish skin after a whole day of swimming? You must have stayed under the sun too long so now, you have a bad sunburn. It hurts a lot when you move and it makes sleeping very uncomfortable. Sadly, sunburn sting can linger for a few days. But don’t regret having fun at the beach. It’s summer, so you have to enjoy. Anyway, there are natural yet effective remedies to ease sunburn.  Try these perfect picks so it won’t take long before you can show your bare shoulders and arms again.

Aloe Vera

This thick and fleshy succulent plant is the best-loved natural remedy for sunburn. Aloe Vera soothes and heals skin from sunburns because of its anti-inflammatory property. Containing mostly water, it reduces the burning sensation in the scorched skin. Plus, it can moisturize the skin, helping you avoid the peeling normally associated with sun damage.

How to ease sunburn with Aloe Vera:

  1. Pick fresh Aloe Vera leaves and put them in the fridge for added cooling effect.
  2. Split the leaves, apply the sap to the skin then rinse it off after 15-20 minutes.
  3. Find Aloe Vera gel in beauty stores and apply it on sunburned skin. You can also place the Aloe Vera gel in your refrigerator a few minutes before applying it to cool the skin immediately.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt is an instant pain reliever for sunburned skin. It is soft and cool so it can rescue the skin from sting and redness. The probiotics found in yoghurt can reduce skin peeling, flakiness and that tight feeling when you’ve got sunburned skin. Additionally, the active cultures, calcium, protein and zinc in yoghurt restore the beauty of sunburned skin.

How to ease sunburn with yoghurt:

  1. Buy plain yoghurt in the supermarket and put it in the fridge.
  2. Slather the yoghurt in the sunburned area and let it stay for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with cool water.
  4. Reapply if you still feel the sunburn sting.

Green Tea

Rich in antioxidant compounds, green tea helps soothe sunburn when you apply it directly to the skin. It’s the perfect anti-inflammatory drink that relieves swelling and pain. It also helps the skin to recover from the damage that sunburn caused.

How to ease sunburn with green tea:

  1. Let a cup of green tea cool. You may put it in the fridge first before dabbing it on skin with a cotton ball.
  2. Try mixing the green tea with mint tea for extra soothing cool comfort. 

Sunburn draws fluid from the surface of the skin that is why sunburned areas feel tight. This is an evident sign that the sunburned skin is dehydrated. Replenish dehydrated skin by drinking plenty of water. And next time you hit the beach, pack in more sunblock tubes and reapply more frequently to prevent sunburn.

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