With summer in full swing, it’s time for delicious barbeques, fun pool parties, and lazy days at the beach or lake. With all of these fun activities, you’re probably spending more time in the sun soaking up harmful UV rays. But even with the best intentions, you may sometimes forget to put on your sunscreen. The unfortunate result: a painful sunburn.
The good news is that you can help soothe a bad sunburn using one of the following sunburn relief home remedies outlined by Right Home Remedies.
Aloe Vera Gel and Honey
Aloe vera and honey are natural and help heal sunburned skin. Aloe vera helps ease pain caused by sunburned skin. The aloe vera plant contains a clear jelly-like substance with antioxidants that hydrate the skin. Honey includes antiseptic properties for accelerated healing.
To create your own aloe vera gel and honey home remedy, do the following:
- Peel off the outer skin of a grown aloe vera leaf.
- Put the jelly-like substance into a bowl.
- Mix in one teaspoon of honey.
- Apply the mixture on your skin, letting it sit for an hour.
- Wash the mixture off with lukewarm water.
You can actually use milk to treat sunburned skin because it provides hydration, making the skin softer and smoother.
To create your own cold milk home remedy, do the following:
- Start by washing your sunburn with water, and then gently pat it dry.
- Add 1 cup of cold milk into a bowl.
- Dab a cotton ball into the milk, and softly apply it to your sunburn.
- After a few minutes, the milk should form a thin layer on your skin.
- Gently wipe or wash off the milk after one hour.
Orange Peel Paste
Orange peels contain vitamin c, natural oil, and citric acid. These properties help minimize blemishes and lighten skin tone.
To create your own orange peel home remedy, do the following:
- Prepare the amount of orange peel you need, and grind it up into a smooth paste.
- You can even add in a few drops of lavender oil if you have it.
- Apply the paste on your sunburn, and allow it to set for one hour.
- Finally, rinse off the paste with water.
Bananas can also help provide sunburn relief because it has vitamins and minerals that provide moisturizing properties. A homemade banana paste can help repair your sunburned skin.
To create your own banana paste home remedy, do the following:
- Smash half of a banana into a bowl using a spoon.
- Add 1 teaspoon of milk and 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice.
- Mix everything up into a smooth paste.
- Apply it to your skin, and allow it to set for 30 minutes before washing it off.
Cornstarch and Coconut Oil
Cornstarch helps soothe burned skin. And coconut oil works as a skin moisturizer because it contains saturated fat. This helps hydrate sunburned skin.
To create your own cornstarch and coconut oil home remedy, do the following:
- Add water to 2 tablespoonfuls of cornstarch.
- Mix it into a smooth paste.
- Stir in 3 to 4 drops of coconut oil into the paste.
- Put the paste onto your sunburn, and let it dry for one-half hour before washing it off.
Cucumber Paste With Lemon Juice and Sugar
Cucumber can be used as a natural skin toner. And if you mix cucumber with lemon and sugar, it helps to soothe sunburned skin by keeping skin from suffering even more damage. The sugar works as a scrubbing agent.
To create your own cucumber paste home remedy, do the following:
- Grind up half of a cucumber.
- Add 2 or 3 drops of lemon juice and 1 teaspoonful of sugar.
- Mix up the mixture, and use a cotton ball to put the paste on your sunburn.
- Leave the paste on for 30 minutes before washing it off.
Tea and Mint Pack
Antioxidants are abundant in green tea, which is great for both your health and skin. It also helps fight inflammation associated with sunburns. Mint contains menthol, which provides a cooling effect on your sunburn, and antibacterial properties, which help heal burns.
To create your own tea and mint pack home remedy, do the following:
- Gather loose green tea leaves or four or five green tea bags.
- Boil the ingredients in 2 cups of water to create the tea liquor.
- Grind fresh mint leaves into a smooth paste.
- Pour the tea liquor into the mint paste.
- Put the paste on your sunburn.
- Let the paste set for 30 minutes or until the paste dries.
- Finally, wash the paste off using lukewarm water.
Tomato Paste With Multani Mitti
Tomato has lycopene that contains antioxidant properties, which help to limit the spreading of free radicals after a sunburn. Multani Mitti or Fuller’s Earth helps absorb skin impurities.
To create your own tomato paste with Multani Mitti home remedy, do the following:
- Squeeze out the juice of one tomato into a bowl.
- Add 2 teaspoonfuls of Multani Mitti, and stir it into a thick paste.
- Cover your sunburn with the paste, letting it dry for about 60 minutes.
- Finally, rinse off with water.
Papaya and Yogurt Paste
Ripe papaya is known to brighten skin and even out sunburned skin pigmentation. Plus, it helps get rid of dead skin thanks to the enzyme papain and alpha-hydroxyl acid. Yogurt contains beneficial lactic acids, which help improve skin texture and moisture.
To create your own papaya and yogurt paste home remedy, do the following:
- Grind up one or two peeled pieces of a fully-grown, ripe papaya.
- Mix in 2 teaspoonfuls of sour yogurt.
- Apply the mixture to your sunburn. (Note: You might notice a slight irritation at first.)
- Let the paste set for about 45 minutes.
- Wash it off with water.
Use Sunscreen to Prevent Sunburn
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Preventing a sunburn in the first place is obviously the best way to keep your skin healthy and young-looking. So make sure to apply sunscreen before any sun exposure. And make sure your sunscreen has adequate SPF protection.