Health & Beauty | 25 April 2016Cool a Sunburn With 3 Simple Home Remedies Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Spring is in full bloom around the country! It seems as though those first few warm weekends we tend to forget how powerful the sun’s rays can be, and red faces are in ready supply. Sunburns feel inevitable, but we actually damage our skin every time we bask in sunlight for long enough to turn brown, red, or any shade in between. In Meredith Hale’s Home Remedies: An A-Z Guide of Quick And Easy Natural Cures, you’ll learn simple, holistic methods for both preventing and treating sunburns. Don’t waste your money on chemical-filled after sun lotions, when your kitchen is likely full of safe, effective remedies. SUNBURN There’s nothing like a day at the beach—unless it’s followed by days of pain, peeling, and blisters. When you’ve spent too much time in the sun, exposure to ultraviolet rays can turn your skin red and painful to the touch. With more severe sunburns, you may develop skin blisters, chills, nausea, and even a fever. After a few days, the burn will begin to fade, and you may experience itching as your skin peels—your body’s way of shedding the sun-damaged skin. While you should call your doctor if you notice any signs of infection—or if a sunburn is widespread or accompanied by other symptoms such as a high fever, headaches, or confusion—most sunburns can be treated at home. To ease the aftermath of an overly sun-filled day, try these soothing home remedies. TOO MUCH FUN IN THE SUN Repeated exposure to ultraviolet rays can prematurely age your skin and place you at risk for skin cancer. To protect your skin, follow these steps: • Apply sunscreen. Cover exposed skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Apply it liberally thirty minutes before going into the sun, and reapply every couple of hours or after swimming. • Dress up. Wear long sleeves and pants when possible. It can be difficult to apply sunscreen to your scalp, so protect it with a broad-brimmed hat. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the damaging effects of UV light. • Time it right. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when it’s at its strongest. And remember, just because it’s cloudy or overcast, doesn’t mean you’re not in danger of UV light exposure. Always protect yourself when in the sun—your skin will thank you. TREATMENT Milk: Got milk? According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, used topically this beverage can cool the skin and create a soothing protein film to ease the discomfort of a sunburn. Soak a washcloth in cold skim milk and apply it directly to the skin for ten minutes at a time. Yogurt: Yogurt can cool a burn, and its probiotics can ease inflammation and help skin heal. Spread a small amount of plain, unsweetened yogurt on the affected area and leave on for five minutes before rinsing it off. Aloe Vera: A traditional go-to remedy for sunburns, aloe vera gel naturally cools and moisturizes the skin. It also dulls pain, taking the sting out of a sunburn. Scoop the gel from a fresh aloe leaf and apply it directly to the burn. If you don’t have an aloe vera plant, you can use store-bought gel, but even ones labeled “100 percent pure” may contain preservatives and other chemicals, so read the label carefully and try to buy a product with the fewest ingredients possible. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: A handy guide, Home Remedies provides families with ordinary household remedies to treat over 100 common ailments safely, effectively, and inexpensively in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format. Discover easy remedies to help care for everyday health problems with cures from a wide range of sources. Get time-tested, natural easements for coughs, cold and flu viruses, aches and pains, digestive complaints, sleep disorders, skin conditions, and even get some tips to help babies and women’s health. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.