Once a sunburn appears, it’s a good idea to cool the body off as soon as possible. Take a cool shower or soak in a tub of lukewarm water for around 10 minutes. This will lower the skin’s temperature and will help in the healing process. When you are done showering or soaking, try to air dry your skin or, if you need to use a towel, gently pat your skin dry as opposed to rubbing it. There are products out there that are made for sunburns but use with caution. Check the ingredients for lanolin. The product may feel cool and soothing at first but once it’s warmed by the body, the lanolin becomes heated by the body’s temperature and it can get very uncomfortable. Once applied, it can’t be taken off since it’s soaked into the skin.
Here are some homemade remedies: Bath Soaks If you choose to soak in a tub, it may help the healing process and cut down the itching if you were to use one of the following:
Baking Soda Bath: Fill a tub with mild water and add a cup of baking soda. Baking soda returns the skin’s pH to normal and acts as a great neutralizer. This bath will cool the skin down and allow for it to ‘breathe’ a bit, lowering the temperature naturally. You may want rinse off with clear water as, once dry, the baking soda may leave a light, white, powdery residue.
Oatmeal Bath: Similar to baking soda, oatmeal is a neutralizer and is awesome for sensitive and damaged skin. You can just throw in a ½ cup or so in the tub while the water’s running or, to prevent clogging the drain, you may want to make an oatmeal ‘flour’ by running it through your blender or food processor. Sometimes, I’ll wrap it up in a cheese cloth and toss it in the bathtub.
Yogurt: Yes, yogurt! It contains enzymes and acids that can help the sunburn. It might be a bit unpleasant to begin with (a little squishy), but once you apply it, relief comes in minutes. You can either soak a cloth in yogurt, or simply apply it on the sunburn area. Leave it on until it’s dry (which happens soon after you placed it since the skin exerts high temperature). Rinse it off with cool water and repeat a couple times. You may want to add a couple drops of lavender essential oil which increases the soothing effect and diminishes the irritation and redness. And smells nice!
Aloe: This is the magical healing plant. Cut a leaf open and apply generously, it feels even better if refrigerated.
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