We all know the best was to cure a sunburn is to prevent it from happening in the first place. And with summer in full swing, you’re probably enjoying time outdoors with your friends and family. Whether you’re taking a leisurely walk along a forest trail or cheering on your favorite team from high in the bleachers, protecting yourself from the sun is not always easy to do. Even if you apply your very best sunscreen, sweat happens, tiny patches of tender skin get overlooked, and before you know it, you have a nasty sunburn.
Before you rush headlong into your local drug store for specialty creams that claim to treat sunburn, there are several soothing things you can use that are already in your home. Let’s take a look!
Cold Compresses – When your skin is overexposed to the sun, it becomes swollen and inflamed. An easy way to soothe the burn and reduce the swelling at the same time is by using a cold compress. Simply soak a wash cloth or small towel in cool water and place it against the sunburned skin for 10–15 minutes. As the cloth warms up, just soak it again and repeat. For an added skin benefit, include a few drops of rose water on the compress. The antioxidants found in rose water help regenerate skin tissue. It also contains natural toning and moisturizing compounds – a welcome relief for unhappy skin.
Choose a Mild Soap for Cleansing – The last thing your dry, hot, angry skin wants is to come into contact with typical bar soap. Most soaps are incredibly drying, which can further aggravate damaged skin. So, how are you supposed to get clean? Pick a soap made with all natural ingredients and no chemical additives. Think along the lines of something safe enough for a baby’s skin. There are many brands of all-natural soaps on the market, including Woolzies 100% natural, vegan soaps, which are handcrafted with organic shea butter, coconut, and olive oil. Since each of our soaps is chemical-free, they’re safe and especially soothing for overstressed skin. Gentle cleansers provide lost moisture without causing further irritation. And remember to use cool water and rinse thoroughly (but don’t scrub – after all, your skin is trying to heal, so be gentle with yourself).
Hydrate from the Inside Out – Last but not least, give your body lots of water. A sunburn is just the outward sign of the sun’s impact on your body. By drinking plenty of fresh, cold water and eating juicy watery fruits, like watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, you can replenish and rehydrate your cells from the inside out. It can also lessen the fatigue that often accompanies a sunburn.
We hope you find these tips helpful. Visit us again for more advice about taking care of yourself and your family safely and naturally.