Got a sunburn?
You can turn to corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation. It’s what the doctor would recommend. It’s also pretty harsh. Isn’t there a gentler way to heal this thing fast?
You’re in luck. Mother Nature has given us plenty of natural remedies to treat sunburns naturally – and they’re all scientifically approved too!
Here are four natural, science-backed ways to soothe a sunburn and help it heal faster:
Natural Sunburn Remedy #1: Ice pack wrapped in a towel
Cooling your skin is the best way to soothe a sunburn. Just do it gently. Don’t apply the ice pack directly to your skin. That’s just painful. Instead, wrap the ice pack with a towel and place it on your sunburn. The ice makes your capillaries constrict, reducing inflammation.
Natural Sunburn Remedy #2: Aloe vera
The Journal of Ethnopharmacology confirmed what we all already knew: aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe inflamed and irritated skin. You can use an aloe gel/cream or extract juice directly from the plant. Just make sure you don’t use anything that also contains lidocaine or benzocaine- they can cause an allergic reaction and make your sunburn worse!
Natural Sunburn Remedy #3: Cucumbers
Ever wondered why your grandma used cucumbers for everything? A 2010 study shows cucumbers have analgesic properties and can thus lessen pain. Chilled cucumbers are best. With a blender, turn them into a paste and apply the mixture on the area. Bye bye, inflammation.
Natural Sunburn Remedy #4: Cool milk
Dermatologist Amy Pappert, who works at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, recommends treating a sunburn with milk: “Milk is the beverage of choice for relieving the discomfort of sunburn. Apply cool, not cold, milk with a clean cloth or gauze to your skin. The coolness soothes the initial heat felt by the skin and the milk will create a protein film that helps ease the discomfort.”
How do you treat a sunburn? Share your fave natural remedies in the comments below.
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