Whether it’s at home or abroad, we all love to soak up the sunshine, but unfortunately, it can harm our skin. Too much sun exposure without sufficient protection can result in sunburn; red, hot and sore skin that can start to peel. Sometimes, even with a high factor sun cream, you can still burn, simply because you have susceptible skin. We take a look at some of the best home remedies to help soothe sunburn and get your skin back to normal!
Aloe Vera is perhaps one of the most popular ways to soothe sunburn. The gel from an Aloe Vera plant has anti-inflammatory properties and can, therefore, provide instant relief from the soreness of sunburn. You can purchase creams and ointments with Aloe Vera in at local supermarkets and pharmacies. However, for the best results, use 100% Aloe Vera from the inside of the plant. Using the gel directly from the plant will be most effective because it isn’t watered down with any other products.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
The name sounds scary, but it is an excellent method of soothing sunburn on your face. Hyaluronic Acid helps the skin to heal faster, and the serum works as a moisturising agent to help ease the soreness, making it perfect for sunburn relief! It is relatively easy to get your hands on this stuff as you can pick this up at most pharmacies.
It seems like an absurd remedy, but Greek yoghurt contains lactic acid, which is considered an anti-inflammatory and can, therefore, be used to relieve sunburn! It is recommended that you use Greek yoghurt on your body and face, leave it to soak in for 15 minutes, then rinse it off. You can purchase this at any local supermarket and is a cheap and cheerful way to tackle sunburn.
It is suggested that when treating sunburn, it is vital to consider your skin’s natural pH level. One option is to make a cold composed of baking soda and water, then apply this to the affected areas and leave it for around 15 minutes. The other option is to soak in a lukewarm bath with a few heaping tablespoons of baking soda; this will help soothe the sting. To help your skin further, add some oatmeal to the water as this will ease any irritation and help your skin retain its natural moisture.
Creating a green tea compress is a brilliant way to relieve sunburn because it contains anti-inflammatory polyphenols! To do this, pour a cup of green tea and soak a clean cloth with the liquid. Chill the cloth in the fridge and once cool enough, apply to the affected areas for around 15 minutes. Green tea can be purchased at any local supermarket, making it the perfect home remedy!
Sunburn is painful enough, but if it gets infected, it is ten times worse! To avoid any infection, apply white vinegar to the skin that is affected because the acetic acid works as an antiseptic. Additionally, white vinegar can relieve the pain of sunburn and also reduce the inflammation. You can pick this up at your local supermarket and soak a cloth with the vinegar to create a compress; apply this to your affected areas and start to feel the soreness calm down.
Whether you are skiing in Morocco or laying on the beach in Spain, you are likely to be exposed to large amounts of sunlight; therefore, the risk of sunburn is high. Hopefully, these home remedies will help soothe your skin if you do happen to get a bit burnt and also save you some money. A lot of the treatments will be much cheaper than buying a bottle of after sun and they will also be more effective as they are natural and not diluted.