Obviously, the best way to protect your skin is to prevent sunburns in the first place using sunscreen on uncovered skin and limiting exposure to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. Having said that, it never fails that most of us will end up with at least a mild sunburn at some point during the summer months. So if/ when you are effected with a summer sunburn, here are a few natural remedies to help get rid of the sting and get the healing process started.
This is my favorite sunburn remedy:
1. Soak a clean, soft cloth in cold water and pat the effected skin.
2. Soak the cloth in Pure Apple Cider Vinegar and place over the effected skin. This provides instant relief from the sting of the burn.
3. Let the area air dry.
4. Once the skin is dry, scoop a liberal handful of Pure Coconut oil into your hand.
5. Add 3 drops of lavender essential oil (a great antiseptic that helps prevent scarring as well as a natural pain reducer) and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil and rub the mixture over the sunburned skin. The coconut oil calms the skin, the lavender oil soothes and helps quicken the healing process and the peppermint instantly cools the skin as it draws out the heat from the burn.
Repeat this process as needed.
You can also try:
Mixing aloe vera with pure vitamin E to soothe the sting and speed up the healing process.
Soaking a sponge with the cooled Chamomile tea and applying it to the sunburned areas can help reduce inflammation and sting.
Blend a chilled cucumber to a smooth consistency and then apply it to the burned areas liberally to help cool the skin and draw out the burn.
Combine four ounces of plain yogurt with one ounce of aloe vera gel and 15 drops of lavender essential oil and about 1/2 cup of cold whole milk to create a cool milk compress. This creates a layer of protein to help the healing process and the fat content in the milk and yogurt helps lock in moisture. (wellandgood.com)
Mix cool water with baking soda to create a paste. Lightly apply the paste to the affected areas of skin and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and moisturize with pure coconut oil and 2-3 drops of lavender essential oils. The baking soda helps to raise the body’s PH levels which will help relieve the sting and soreness of the affected skin. The coconut oil and lavender help nourish, sooth, heal and moisturize the skin as well as drawing out the heat from the burn.