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Take the sting out of sunburn this summer with natural remedies that work!

by , 04 November 2013

It's going to be a scorcher around the country this week. This as temperatures are expected to return back to the mid-20s and stay there. With this, comes an even bigger danger that extended periods in the sun will result in painful sunburn. If this happens to you - or a loved one - use these natural remedies to deal with the discomfort…

It’s November! And that means sunburn season is in full force!

While no one starts the day out with the goal to get sunburnt, “the pleasant distractions of summer – long, sunny days, the beckoning beach, losing track of time in the garden – all make it easy to forget that extra coat of sunscreen, or the need to take a break in the shade,” warns prevention.com.

If you overexpose your skin to the sun and end up with sunburn, the following natural remedies can help you take the sting out of it while Mother Nature works on healing your burn.

Three summer sunburn remedies everyone should know

#1: Potato paste
Potatoes are known pain relievers that work particularly well on minor skin irritations and soothing scratches, bites, and burns, as well as possibly reducing inflammation.

To make the paste, follow these instructions from everydayroots.com:
“Wash and scrub your potatoes thoroughly, and then either grate them over a bowl or cut them up and put them in a blender. There is no need to remove the peels. If you’re using a blender, give them a whirl until they’ve become quite liquid. If they seem too dry, you can add a small amount of water. Pour out the mixture, soak cotton balls thoroughly in it, and apply to sunburn.”

#2: Oatmeal
This face mask staple is great for sunburn too and gives your skin much-needed relief. Simply add it one cup of oatmeal to cool bathwater and mix well, says Discovery Health. Then layback and let oatmeal’s burn relief properties take effect.

#3: Strawberries
The tannins in strawberries also help reduce the sting of sunburn. What you need to do is “mash a few ripened strawberries and slather on sunburns for natural relief. Rinse off after a few minutes,” advises prevention.com.

There you have it. Just because you got sunburnt, doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. Pick one of the sunburn remedies above and you’ll get natural relief while your skin heals. And remember, that protecting your skin is about a lot more than damage-control. Take precautions beforehand and you’ll enjoy this summer a whole lot more.

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