Try These Natural Remedies For Your Sunburn

 

Sunburns are not only painful, irritating, and unappealing, but the skin damage can also have long-term effects on your health, increasing your risk of skin cancer.

This is why it’s so important to always wear sunscreen when outdoors – it protects you from sunburns and reduces your risk of life-threatening consequences later in life.

If you get a sunburn,  natural remedies can help take the sting out of your sunburn and speed up the healing process.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a succulent plant with thick, fleshy leaves with gel inside. This gel is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-tumor, antiseptic, and helps retain skin hydration and integrity and promote wound healing.

In addition to treating sunburns, aloe vera gel appears to be a safe and effective aid for:

  • acne vulgaris
  • aphthous stomatitis (canker sore)
  • cancer prevention
  • constipation
  • dermatitis
  • diabetes type 2
  • frostbite
  • genital herpes
  • HIV infection
  • lichen planus
  • mucositis
  • psoriasis Vulgaris
  • radiation dermatitis
  • skin burns
  • ulcerative colitis
  • ulcers
  • wound healing

You can buy a live aloe vera plant to decorate your home with. They are easy to take care of and keep alive. You can cut off a leaf and apply the gel to your skin whenever you need to treat your skin.

You can also buy lotions and creams with aloe vera as an ingredient. These are also effective for treating sunburns and may have other ingredients that can help soothe and treat your skin.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a big shrub native to North America that produces yellow-gold flowers with threadlike petals.

With a long history of use in traditional medicine, witch hazel extract is made by simmering the bark, twigs, flowers, and leaves in water for half an hour, then cooled.

The steeped liquid can be used in a spray bottle or soaked into a cotton pad, cotton ball, or clean cloth and applied to the skin.

It may also be mixed into a cream or ointment. Witch hazel products purchased from the store may contain alcohol as a preservative, likely irritate and worsen your sunburn. Look for alcohol-free products, or make your own at home.

Test the remedy on a small patch of skin before applying it to your sunburned skin to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

Black Tea

Like witch hazel, black tea (Camellia sinensis) contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant tannins. These are compounds that can help relieve the pain and itch of a sunburn while also helping to heal the skin.

After steeping the tea in hot water just as you would drink it, wait until it cools (or place it in the refrigerator), soak a clean cloth in the tea, and gently apply it to your sunburned skin.

When To See A Doctor

Sunburns will typically heal without needing medical attention. However, see a doctor if you experience:

  • chills
  • confusion
  • dehydration
  • fever
  • headache
  • nausea
  • severe swelling, pain, or blisters
  • skin infection
  • sunburn that won’t heal or respond to treatment

When you first notice signs of a sunburn, it’s best to get out of the sun, avoid further exposure, and drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.