Summer season means sun burns. In this harsh weather, sometime we protect our self very much but still face that red burns on our skin. You know that the harmful rays of sun can cause skin cancer and can also make your skin age soon. Despite of the best efforts you get these painful, itching sunburns on your hands, feet, face and arms.
What is Sunburn?
Sunburn is redness which is caused on the skin when you are exposed to the sun or other ultraviolet rays. This leads to mild to severe sunburns. In summers, standing 15 minutes under sun can cause sunburn and that fifteen minutes can take days and weeks to heal, all depends on severity. Mild sun burn can be treated at home while severe sunburn may need medical attention.
How to treat sunburns at home?
There are various creams and medicinal ointment to treat sunburns but the best you can do is to treat them by natural remedies at home that we will discuss further. Sunburns cause the skin to dry and make it dehydrated too. Carry your water bottle along so that you keep yourself fully hydrated which is also necessary to heal the damaged skin.
Natural Remedies for Sunburn:-
1. Use compress dips
When your skin burns it is inflamed so you can use compress dips such as cold water or ice cubes. Put ice cubes in a piece of cotton cloth and then apply it gently on the affected are for few minutes. Use it several times in a day for 10 to 15 minutes each time.
2. Apply these foods
- Oatmeal: – Wrap dry oatmeal in a muslin cloth or a gauze. Run cool water through it. Now separate the liquid and oatmeal. Discard oatmeal and apply that liquid after every two to four hours.
- Milk: – Take cold fat free milk and mix it up with four cups of water. Add this to ice tray. When it will turn to ice cubes. Take ice cube and then apply compresses for 15 minutes. Repeat it after every 2 to 4 hours.
- Yogurt: – Apply cold yogurt to all the sunburned areas. Keep it for 15 to 20 minutes. It will provide you soothing effect. Rinse it off in cool shower and then gently pat skin dry.
- Cornstarch: – Add water to cornstarch to make a paste. Apply this paste directly to the sunburn. It will cool down the burnt area.
- Tea bags: – If your eyelids are burning then you can apply tea bags if possible apply green tea bags. Apply tea bags which are soaked in cool water to decrease swelling and also for relieving from pain. In tea bags there is tannic acid which relieves pain caused by sunburns.
- Lettuce: – Boil lettuce leaves in water then strain the liquid. Keep this water in refrigerator. Dip cotton balls into the cold liquid and then apply it on irritated area.
3. Avoid use of soap
Soap can dry and irritate skin with sunburn. So do not make it worse. Stay away from bubbly baths. If it is must to use then go for a mild brand and rinse it off very well. Just take bath with cool water. After bath pat dry the burnt area with soft and clean towel. Do not rub it on your skin.
Treat sunburn naturally at home. Apply these foods and get relief from burning sensation of sun burn.