We all know aloe vera is the best when battling a sunburn. But what if pure aloe vera isn’t available? Are you looking for another natural remedy for your painful suburns? We talked with Dermatologist, Cynthia Bailey, M.D. who recommends using cucumbers! “The best natural sunburn remedy is cool pure aloe vera juice or a cool paste made of cucumbers, or a combination of the two,” says Bailey. “Cucumbers are rich in natural botanical compounds that have both antioxidant and analgesic properties,” says Bailey.
Your next question might be: how exactly will a cucumber help a sunburn? Read more about the quick recipe Dr. Bailey creates:
1. “The best way for using cucumbers on sunburned skin is to make a paste of chilled cucumber. Chill your cucumbers, then use your kitchen blender to create a paste. Apply the paste to sunburned skin to help soothe sunburn pain and inflammation naturally.”
2. “You can add some of the aloe vera juice or gel to your cucumber paste to combine the healing properties of both. Remember to use cool gel or paste as the coolness also speeds recovery by constricting your skin’s capillaries, which are bringing in the building blocks of pain and inflammation.”
This summer, pick yourself up some cucumbers and keep them in your refrigerator until you have a skin emergency.
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