If you are at all like me, you love being outdoors in the elements and sun. I confess I do love the glow of a tan on my olive skin. But I will get burnt if I am not careful, especially now that I am older. I have never used traditional sunscreens; I always felt that I got more sunburnt with them than without.
When I would go to the beach or surfing, and I knew I would be out for hours, I would instead apply zinc to areas that I knew burned more easily. I found nothing worked quite as well as zinc (and it turns out its way healthier for you to use as well- so win-win!).
Gradually getting exposure to the sun every day is healthy for us, and nature provides us with Vitamin D that our bodies need. We all try to be careful when out in the sun, but sometimes we end up with what can end up being a painful sunburn. But what can you do to soothe naturally and restore your burnt skin?
7 Safe and Effective Home Remedies
soothe and relieve sunburnt skin
Aloe Vera: This has always been my go-to remedy to revitalize my sunburnt skin. It turns out it is also the most common natural remedy for the burnt areas. I prefer to grow my own aloe vera plant to be super fresh; a bonus is super easy to maintain.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Get a spray bottle and fill it with ACV, keep it in the fridge, and when you get burnt, spray it onto the burnt area.
Potato Peels: Provide moisture and carry natural anti-bacterial properties that aid in regeneration.
Lavender Essential Oil: Relieves sunburn and can also prevent peeling.
Yogurt: Spread full-fat, plain, unsweetened yogurt on the burnt area and leave on there until it warms, then rinses off. It will help your skin to cool and replenish itself.
Tea: The tannins in the tea will help to soothe the burn and heal the skin.
You have two options here:
1) make a teapot of tea, soak a piece of cloth in it, and then apply it to the sunburnt area.
2) Make a 'tea' bath and soak in it.
Cucumber: You can either apply thin slices or a puree of cold cucumbers directly to the affected area.
Before/After Sun Spray Recipes:
#1 This recipe is courtesy of Frugally Sustainable Ingredients: *Use organic whenever possible
- 2 Fl. oz. (60 ml) aloe vera juice or gel
- 1 Fl. oz. (30 ml) Lavender hydrosol (flower water)
- 1 Fl. oz. (30 ml) peppermint hydrosol (flower water)
- 0.25 Fl. oz. (7.5 ml) vegetable glycerin
- 15 Drops Lavender essential oils
- 5 Drops Carrot seed essential oils
- 2-3 Drops Peppermint essential oils, optional
- 10 Drops Non-GMO vitamin E oil, optional
- Add all ingredients to a glass mason jar.
- Shake the jar vigorously to mix.
- Pour mixture into a 4-ounce mister bottle.
- Label bottle with name, contents, and date
- Shelf-stable for 1-2 years, depending on the quality of raw materials used.
Mist the body as often as desired whenever poolside, at the beach, or anytime outdoors to keep your skin protected and hydrated. Spray liberally to sunburned skin after showering and reapply as often as needed for comfort. SAFE for the whole family. Storage Tips
Keep on the shelf away from heat and direct sunlight. For an instant cooling effect upon the skin, store in the refrigerator.#2 This recipe is courtesy of Organic For Green Livings
. This botanical beauty oil boosts the effectiveness of sunscreen and helps with skin dehydration. Oil can be used on your face, body, and hair. These plants supply our skin with phytochemicals that support our natural sun protection mechanisms and the skin's production of melanin. Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup Sesame Oil
- 1/2 cup Sunflower Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E
- 7 drops beta-carotene
Combine all oils in a glass bottle and shake well. Apply a thick, generous amount as needed. Storage Tips:
You can store this for up to 12 months in a tightly closed container. Alternative Option:
Before sun exposure, while at the pool or beach and once at home, apply Organic Unfiltered Coconut Oil to your skin. The vitamins and minerals in the coconut oil will keep your skin moisturized. As always, we love your comments, and if you like this article, please use the sharing buttons to show this article to your friends and followers. About the Author
Article Contributed by Danielle Winters
Organic Natural Beauty Directory Founder
Thank you to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.org for this information.
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