Facing the heat of the sun without any protection can result in sunburn. Read the article below to know more on homemade sunburn treatment.

Homemade Sunburn Treatments

During the summer months, it becomes very necessary to protect the skin from the harsh sun. It is not always possible to be in shade, and many people have to face the blazing sun on their skin. This over exposure to the sun can lead to severe damage of the skin which is known as sunburn. Many people also get sunburn in their quest for a tanned skin. To get that perfect tan they generally tend to overexpose themselves to the sun, and the harmful ultra-violet rays. This results in inflammation and in severe cases peeling of the skin and blisters. It requires urgent treatment not only to get relief from the pain, but also to prevent further damage to the skin. As always home remedies are the best, as they are easy to make at home, and do not cause any side effects. That it does not cost you much is an added bonus as any dermatologist can squeeze your finances dry. All the ingredients are available in your kitchen, and only if you know what to use and how to use you can treat the sunburn yourself. So, if you plan to be your own physician, then read below for the various home remedies that you can use to treat sunburn.

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Sunburn Home Remedies
  • Apply yogurt on the sunburnt skin regularly to heal the burn. Though plain yogurt is good the best is to use yogurt with live cultures.
  • Aloe vera is another very effective remedy. This plant is a great pain reliever and also has anti-inflammatory properties. To use aloe vera against sunburns first refrigerate the leaves and then peel the skin from the leaves. Apply the fleshy part of the leaf on the sunburn. Use until the burn is totally healed.
  • To prevent the blisters and peeling due to sunburn it is better to apply vinegar. The best is to use apple cider vinegar. Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and dab the affected area.
  • Cucumber slices also reduce the swelling and they also have a very cooling and soothing effect. Rub thin slices of cucumber on the burnt skin.
  • Lemon is an excellent disinfectant and provides relief to the burn. Take the juice of three lemons and mix them in two cups of cold water. Soak a sponge and apply it on the skin.
  • Oatmeal has high amounts of analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. So, it can be effectively used to treat sunburns of the skin. Mix a cup of oatmeal in cool bath water. Leave it for some time to settle and then soak your entire body in it for 15 minutes. 
  • Tea enhances the healing properties of the body as it is rich in tannins. To treat sunburn boil a few teabags in water and then allow it to cool. Soak a clean wash cloth in the tea water and wring to remove the excess water. Then apply the cloth as a compress on the skin burn.
  • Baking soda is a very common household ingredient. It can be used to heal sun damaged skin as it helps the skin preserve the moisture and keep it cool. Mix a small amount of baking soda in water and then soak a cloth in it. Apply it to the skin.
  • Lactic acid reduces swelling caused due to sunburn. This can be best applied using milk as it contains lactic acid. Applying cold milk also provides relief against the pain. Soak a clean cloth in cold milk and apply it on the burnt area of the skin.
  • Lavender also has analgesic properties and in addition to curing the skin burn, it can also be used to get relief from the pain due to burn. In a cup of water take 20 drops of lavender and mix. Soak a sponge in it and apply it to the affected area.

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