While a good tip to soothe your sunburnt skin would be to wear sunscreen, sometimes no matter how sun safe you try to be in summer, you still end up getting sunburnt.
With sunburn comes the painful blistering, the stinging feeling when you put your clothes on and of course the unsightly peeling skin.
Luckily if you do get sunburnt, there are a few things you can put on your skin to ease the burn.
Here are six tips to soothe your sunburnt skin.
This is an age old trick that most of us have tried when we’ve come home a little red after a day out in the sun. Aloe Vera gel soothes and cools your skin, taking away the burning and stinging feeling. If you’re prone to getting sunburn, it might pay to actually have a few Aloe Vera plants around the house – that way if you don’t have any bottled Aloe Vera gel, you can make your own. If you’ve got an Aloe Vera plant at home, cut off some leaves and slice them down the middle (without cutting the plant the whole way through). You can either lay the leaves flat on your burnt skin or squeeze the gel out and gently rub it on your sunburn.
You know the old saying cool as a cucumber? Well, it’s true! A cool cucumber, fresh out of the fridge, is a great way to cool your skin. Apparently, cucumbers contain antioxidants and analgesics that help your skin heal and give you some relief from the pain. All you need to do is either blend the cucumbers into a paste, or cut them up into slices. Then, rub the paste onto your sunburnt skin or apply the slices to your skin until your burn cools. The cucumbers will reduce the redness, pain and swelling of your sunburnt skin.
Like Aloe Vera, witch hazel is another one of those natural products that can cure just about anything. One of the benefits of witch hazel is it contains tannins, which can stop infection, repair any damage and reduce the painful swelling of your sunburnt skin. Just dab a few cotton balls in witch hazel and gently dab them on your sunburn. You can also try putting three tablespoons of witch hazel in a bowl, dipping a cloth in it and dabbing the cloth on your sunburnt skin.
Ok, this doesn’t mean throw some oats straight in the tub and roll around in them. All you need to do is put some raw oats or oatmeal in a sock or stocking, fill a bath with cool water and soak the oat-filled sock/stocking for a few minutes. Once you’ve done that, hop in the bath and squeeze the sock/stocking to get all the good stuff out of it. The desired result is cloudy bath water that leaves your skin feeling slick. Apparently, the oats and oatmeal contain polysaccharides, and these will coat your skin, helping to heal your sunburn.
Just when you thought you’d heard of all the uses for baking soda, there’s another one! Simply make up a paste using cool water and baking soda, then smear it on your sunburnt skin and leave it on for a while. When the pain, heat and swelling has eased, rinse off the paste with cool water.
A cool glass of milk can help quench your thirst on a hot day, and it can also help ease your sunburn. All you need to do is pour some cool milk into a bowl, soak a cloth in it and then place the milk-soaked cloth on your sunburnt skin. Not only will it take the heat out of your burn, the protein in the milk will help soothe, heal and protect your skin.