Sunburns can be a serious problem for many people and there must be ways to get rid of a sunburn or at least reduce the pain. Sunscreen will prevent 75% of all sunburns, as the compound will prevent the UV rays from the sun to damage your cells. If, however, you forgot to put sunscreen on or you thought since the clouds were out that you couldn’t get burned, we are offering a bunch of tips to heal your sunburn fast.
Healing a Sunburn Naturally
This is definitely the best well-known sunburn cure. It has a good reason too: it works! Some people even have a bottle of Aloe Vera sunburn soothing gel in their fridge. As soon as they come in from the sun and realize they caught too many of the sun’s ray then they apply this gel all over their body.
This works particularly well because the cold gel will feel great on your burned skin and the Aloe Vera will start acting immediately to heal your damaged skin cells. This method will work for almost anyone and if it doesn’t continue down this list to find more techniques! Aloe vera has been used for centuries to help soothe and is one of the best ways to get rid of sunburn pain almost overnight. Since it is very cheap and reliable, I recommend this over all others. Instead, use this method first, but combine with the other techniques listed below for best effects.
This is certainly an odd solution to sizzling skin. It certainly works though! Potatoes work very well at relieving pain on minor cuts and other small abrasions, especially at soothing mosquito bites. Little did you know they can cut down on the pain caused by a sunburn too. Generally, the liquid that contains potato juices is what does the healing, but some people like the peels too.
First, clean off your potatoes: we don’t need any contaminations from the garden or other bacteria on your skin. Next, find a way to crush them up with a musher or use a blender to slice them until they become a sloshy liquid paste. Add water until it becomes a manageable paste and spread the paste onto your sunburn by using cotton balls, paper towels, or your fingers. Some people even soak gauze pads and tape them on overnight to cure their sunburn faster.
Coconut oil is a great supplement to use as a moisturizer and even better at fixing a bad day at the beach. Just take a bit of this goopy substance and rub it all over your sunburn. It will draw out all of the heat from your body and give a cooling sensation that is quite relaxing. Coconut oil and sunburns are actually a great combination. This oil can benefit your skin in many ways, including acting as a moisturizer, preventing wrinkles, and even fighting acne caused by bacteria. It has also been noticed to hydrate any skin baked in the sun too long. For a lasting cream, combine one teaspoon of Vitamin E with a cup of coconut oil and lather on for a homemade sunburn cream.
If you are like me, then you probably don’t like anything that has to do with a cucumber. I personally don’t like the taste of them. They do offer a great solution for a terrible problem so I’ve learned to deal with them. In fact, these vegetables can solve all kinds of problems, including curing a sun burn fast and simple.
The antioxidant and analgesic chemical properties of cucumbers make it an excellent option for relieving a sunburn pain. Wash the cucumber, slice it up into thickness of about half a centimeter and lay the slices onto your burn. If you want, you can put them in the blender just like potatoes and create a paste that will last longer. If you want, you can throw in some other ingredients listed on this page so you get the best bang-for-you-buck out of this little cream. If an excess of this homemade moisturizing cream is created, simply store it in a Tupperware container in your refrigerator.
Go to your fridge and get a small tub of yogurt out. Other than tasting great, it can also be used to treat your hot burn. The yogurt must be non-fat to work! Just grab a spoon, or use for finger for that matter, and apply a small layer of yogurt directly onto your sunburn. It takes about 5 minutes of you sitting there with yogurt on your face looking like an idiot before long term results, but it works! You will feel relief from your face sunburn immediately and after a couple minutes, it will start soothing deep into your skin cells. Wash your face off gently with a wet cloth and you should be pain free.
Baking soda is a great way to naturally remedy your sunburn because it has a smooth texture. Mix some baking soda with some cool water (do not stir it with cold water or it will not dissolve) until it reaches a mud-like thickness that you can rub over your face and other sunburned areas. Leave it on your sunburn until some of the pain is relieved and wash it off completely with a cold shower!
This is an extremely simple, yet needed tip in healing your burn. The sun and heat from your sunburn will dry out your skin and you need to keep water in them. By drinking lots of water, you are completing a HUGE amount of health benefits other than just helping out your sunburn. Aim to drink up to 128 ounces of water a day, but if you get over 64, you’re already drinking more than the average human. The water in your body will be used to help heal, and get rid of damaged skin cells and is vitally needed. Ensuring the correct amount of water is consumed every day is the best step to recovering from too much time in the sun.
Witch Hazel is far too familiar for those in the herbal remedies niche. In fact, witch hazel has been a personal favorite here at Getridofthebad.com, since it can cure all kinds of illnesses and pains we throw at it. There are just too many positive health benefits to pass these fern leaves up. Tannins, which come from the witch hazel leaves and bark, produce an effect on your skin that reduces swelling and promotes longevity of your skin cells.
You can find witch hazel extract in a small eyedropper bottle at most superstores in the medicine area. Just drop a couple beads of it onto a cotton ball and place in contact with your sunburn for immediate results.
No soapy baths
This may seem like a strange tip, but don’t take a soapy bath when you have a sunburn. The soap will dry out your skin causing more pain throughout your body. It’s just a terrible experience to have dry, flaky skin with a sunburn and taking a bath will make it worse. Instead, apply some moisturizer to your skin to hydrate it and make it smooth. Instantly soothe your dry, cracked skin with a warm, cool bath.
Long cold shower
Instead of taking a warm bath, you should take a long cold shower to make your sunburn not hurt as much. When you were out baking in the sun, your skin cells actually cooked from the UV rays. The sun’s heat damaged the cells and they are trying to heal themselves and get rid of the heat stuck in them. By taking a cold shower, you help them remove excess heat as well as get a soothing cool sensation that relieves pain associated with a sunburn.
If you happen to be in the terrible position of have sunburn blisters, you may need to purchase a cold compress or buy a bag of vegetables to freeze. Usually moderate sunburns just cause a bit of discomfort and eventually peel. However, if you have a serious sunburn which produces blisters, you may want to see a professional doctor as soon as possible. Cancer is a very serious result of sunburns and needs not to be taken lightly.
Anyways, if you want to fight this battle on your own and use homemade methods to get rid of sunburns, then find something cold and place it directly on your sunburn. Never use ice directly to cool a sunburn as it will actually do more harm than good. Wrap ice in a towel or some type of fabric that will lessen the heat transfer. Another technique to reduce sunburn swelling is to use a cold compress. Cool your skin down using a bag of frozen vegetables too!