Did you assume that the sun is your friend until you exposed yourself for a prolonged period and got burned? Sunburn is no joke as it is considered a third-degree burn with its pain, redness and inflammation. If left untreated, it can have adverse consequences. You might be tempted to slather some petroleum jelly on the affected areas, but that would just make the problem worse so avoid it. If you want to relieve sunburn quickly, try the following home remedies.
1. Milk Compress
Milk is very effective at relieving sunburn symptoms like inflammation, pain and irritation due to its cooling and moisturizing properties. Put a cup of milk in a bowl along with four cups of water and ice cubes. Soak a towel or clean cloth in it and compress it on the affected area for 20 minutes. Apply this remedy three times a day.
2. Ice Pack
Prepare an icepack by wrapping some ice cubes in a muslin cloth then compress it on the affected area. This will relief the burning sensation quickly and will reduce inflammation as the coldness would narrow the blood vessels. Be careful not to apply ice directly on the affected areas.
Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties which are helpful in relieving sunburn and giving the skin a radiant glow. Slice a cucumber thinly and scrub the slices on the affected skin. Wash the cucumber off your skin with cold water when it becomes dry.
If you want to benefit from the properties of cucumber for face sunburn, use a blender to extract the juice of a cucumber and mix the juice with glycerin and rose water before applying it on your face.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Acetic acid and other ingredients of apple cider vinegar give it anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which speed up the healing process of sunburn. Dilute the vinegar with water then apply it on the affected area by spraying it or with the help of cotton balls. Wash it off with cold water after leaving it for 15 minutes. If you want to dry your skin, do it by patting and do not rub because rubbing would irritate your skin.
5. Shaving Cream
Shaving cream has menthol and other cooling ingredients which are very effective at easing the burning sensation of sunburn. Just massage some shaving cream over the affected area and enjoy instant relief.
6. Green Tea Bags
The tannic acid in tea is very helpful in treating sunburn. Put green tea bags in hot water and leave it to brew for some minutes then strain the bags. Allow the solution to cool down then dip a clean cloth in it. Twist the cloth to remove excess water then put it on the affected area.
Honey has moisturizing properties which can reduce the swelling caused by sunburn and rejuvenate the skin. Apply undiluted honey on the damaged skin three times a day for a week. You can also dissolve a tablespoon of honey in a glass of water and drink it to help the immune system speed up healing.
Cornstarch is helpful in reducing sunburn irritation and preventing the chafing of skin. All you have to do is make a paste of cornstarch with a few drops of water then apply it on the affected area to ease the burning sensation. Leave the paste until it dries then wash it off with lukewarm water. Avoid exposing your skin to the sun until you heal completely. Next time you go out in the sun, make sure that you take preventive measures like wearing sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 and wearing a wide hat to protect your face.