Let’s be honest, if you have a sunburn it’s because you either – spent too much time outside in the sun OR you didn’t protect your skin correctly. I have to tell you, that I’m not a sunbather – my skin does not brown. I just go red, really red like a raspberry. So, for me protecting my skin from the sun and wearing sunscreen is super important. But the right sunscreen, as I only use safe “green and clean” products. But sometimes sunburn happens, these are 3 ways I treat sunburnt skin.
- A cool bath or shower using only chemical free soap and cleansers to gently cleanse your skin of any sunscreen residue. No exfoliating scrubs or loofahs. Be extremely gentle with your skin.
- Use natural sunburn soothes – cold tomato juice & slices, cold peeled potato slices, witch hazel, cold milk and aloe vera. I used all 5 of these soothes over the years and all with great results. The cold tomatoes & potato slices are perfect for your cheeks, face and body areas that you can place the slices on and also rub the slices gently over the burn. Cold tomato juice is a revelation, it can be dripped on or in the case of a very sunburnt back – laid in. Yes, I had a friend who filled the bottom of her small bathtub with tomato juice and laid down – the result was amazing, after 20 minutes the pain was gone and the sunburn redness was almost completely diminished. Witch hazel and cold milk are best used when placing a thin washcloth or piece of cotton gauze soaked and placed on the red area. The milk creates a protein film that reduces the heat from the burn & eases pain. Witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory astringent, so by applying to your skin up to four times a day for 20 minutes will definitely minimize the pain. I love aloe vera!! And in my opinion, an aloe vera plant is absolute necessity in your home, I have a medium size plant which moves from room to room depending on the season. The gel eases discomfort and speeds healing, split a leaf and apply the sap directly to your skin. I don’t just use aloe vera on sunburn – I apply it to any type of burn, abrasion, redness and dryness on my skin and that of my family.
- Ensure you apply body cream or butter in generous amounts onto your skin. But under no circumstances use any products that contain petrolatum or parabens, these products trap the warmth underneath the moisture film and actually increase the pain and redness.
Dehydration when having a sunburn is a huge risk, as sunburns attract the water content from the rest of your body for cooling and healing. You need to drink lots and lots of water.