What is sunburn?
Exposure to the ultraviolet ray of the sun causes sunburn. Sometimes even after making best efforts to protect your skin from sun damages with sunscreen, you get itchy, painful and swelling sunburns. Exposure to ultraviolet rays can also cause your skin to age quickly and triggers skin cancer.
How to treat sunburn?
There is a wide variety of home remedies that are used to relieve the symptoms of sunburn or blisters from sunburn. There are the things which may help you in speeding the healing process and soothing your inflamed skin and easing your pain. Following ways may help you in reducing your pain and discomfort caused due to sunburns.
If you get sunburn, take a cool water shower to soothe your skin. It would make you feel quite better. For extra calming effect, add a cup of whole oats to the cool water and take a bath with it.
Exposure to sun makes you dehydrated and takes away all the moisture from your body. Drink a lot of water and juices to get rid of the effects of sunburn. They would also help in becoming relaxed. You can also eat water filled fruits such ad honeydew melon, grapes, cantaloupe and watermelon.
Use Aloe Vera
You can get aloe vera from aloe vera plan. It is a gel-like juice which is extracted from the leaves of aloe vera plant. Applying its gel on the areas which are infected with sunburn reduces the redness and sting of sunburn. You can obtain them from your local nursery. Apply the gel for 4-5 a days to reduce sunburn effects.
Sunburns take away all of your moisturizer and dryness on the areas where sunburn has left its effects can be more painful and irritable. In order to prevent dryness, apply moisturizer immediately after soaking in cool water. Use the moisturizing after chilling it in refrigerator.
Coconut oil works wonder to moisturize the area of sunburn and it completely reduces the signs of sunburn. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids which nourish your skin. It contains vitamin E which works as antioxidant and helps in reducing inflammation of sunburn. Skin absorbs it quickly and results are found within a few days. Use slightly warm virgin coconut oil to massage the area. Massage gently and do this at least 2 times a day for several days.
Use a tropical anesthetic
A good tropical anesthetic provides immediate but temporary relief from the itching and pain caused due to sunburn. Some of tropical anesthetic contain content which causes allergic reaction; therefore, look for a product with lidocaine. Tropical anesthetic come in both cream and spray form. Sprays are easy to apply on infected area.
Using potatoes for sunburns is a time-tested method which is used all around the world. All you need is to wash two potatoes and cut them in small chunks and place them in food processor. When they are blended and get a liquid form, pat them on burnt areas and wait until they get dry. Afterwards, take a shower with cool water.
To ease the pain and irritation caused due to sunburns, cover the area with dusting of cornstarch. Avoid applying oils or petroleum jelly as they can exacerbate the burn by blocking your pores.