The sun is out to play and it's bound to get you - whether you forget to pack your sunscreen or simply run out of it...
Because nothing ruins the fun like a bad sunburn, we're our top natural sunburn remedies. The best part is you probably already have them at home!
Four tricks to soothe sunburn
#1: Essential oils
They’re not called “essential” oils for no good reason – they’ve really earned the name! Lavender essential oil packs many benefits, but two of the most significant are that it soothes sunburns and helps promote burn healing.
Peppermint essential oil, on the other hand, has a fabulously refreshing scent and a cooling effect that helps to soothe very red or stinging skin. You can use essential oils neat on your skin or otherwise dilute them in a carrier oil like coconut oil.
#2: Aloe vera
It’s not surprising to see aloe vera on this list, is it? It’s long been used as a sunburn remedy due to its super skin-soothing benefits. If you’re using aloe vera directly from the plant, simply cut the leaf close to the base, wash it, cut off the spines, slice it lengthwise to expose the inner gel and then rub it directly onto your burn.
Note that fresh aloe only lasts a couple of days but you can freeze it in ice cube trays and rub the frozen gel directly onto your skin as needed. If you can’t get your hands on an aloe plant, you can alternatively use a pure aloe vera gel that’s readily available at your local pharmacy.
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#3: Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is awesome for treating sunburns due to its high acetic acid content, which helps relieve the itching, burning and pain of sunburn. All you have to do is pour one cup into your bathwater and then jump in and enjoy a sunburn-soothing soak.
#4: Black tea
Tea doesn’t only calm your mind; it calms your skin, too! This is because it’s chock-full of tannins, which are naturally occurring complex polyphenolics that help ease pain of sunburn. Simply steep three bags of black tea in a pitcher of hot water and then let the water cool. Next, dip a washcloth in the tea and dab on your sunburn. Let the tea dry and leave on overnight.
Make sure you take care of your skin this summer!
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