Everyone is talking about Redhead Season, autumn and crisp weather, but for most of us, it’s still very warm outside. If you didn’t apply sunscreen or didn’t reapply, this means a sunburn can suddenly appear and irritation of the skin occurs. That being said, sometimes you need more instant relief from the pain, itching, and general discomfort caused by a sunburn.
Here are six DIY ways to soothe your sunburnt skin and speed up the healing process:
Probably the most well-known treatment for sunburn is aloe vera. The gel inside of the aloe plant has many healing and soothing properties. You can apply aloe straight from the plant if you have one, or opt for aloe vera gel from the store.
Putting your aloe vera gel into the fridge to cool before using, or freezing aloe vera gel into an ice cube tray is also a great way to get relief from the heat radiating from your burn.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Some people swear by apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a treatment for burns. It can help alleviate pain, itching, and inflammation. It’s important to be cautious when using vinegar as it can be strong on the skin and may irritate your burn further. For best results, try diluting your ACV with water and patch testing it on a less sensitive part of your burn.
The fat found in coconut oil could help to protect your skin and soften the burned area. Make sure your burn is cool to the touch before applying coconut oil, and then gently rub it in like a moisturizer.
Coconut oil can also be used once your burn has begun to heal and the skin is dry and peeling. It will help keep the skin nourished and hydrated.
If your burn is starting to itch or feel uncomfortable, try using oatmeal as a home remedy. The anti-inflammatory properties will help the irritated skin. Make either a paste with ground oats or run an oatmeal bath with whole oats to soothe the skin.
One of the best anti-inflammatories found in nature is turmeric. Add some turmeric powder to water to create a paste for your sunburn. Be cautious because turmeric will stain, so wear clothes you don’t care for.
Additionally, you can add turmeric to your cooking for an extra dose of the anti-inflammatory properties. Add a pinch to a smoothie or sprinkle some in whatever you’re making.
Staying hydrated is crucial for treating a sunburn. Your skin was probably dehydrated by the heat and now it needs replenishing to heal. Drink plenty of water and add hydrating foods like grapes, watermelon, cucumber, and oranges to your diet.
Rock it like a Redhead!