Sunburns are caused by exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays during the summer months. They can cause permanent damage to your skin and can also lead to skin cancer if not treated properly.
Below are 6 tips that will help you treat sunburn with simple home remedies.
1. Use Ice Or Cold Compress
Using an ice pack or cold pack (a cloth dipped in cold water) will give you instant relief from the burning sensation that sunburn tends to give your skin. They might make your skin feel a bit dry afterward, so be sure to apply a moisturizer when you’re done.
2. Put some plain yogurt on the affected area
Yogurt contains enzymes that heal and rejuvenate the outer layer of the skin. Take half a cup of plain yogurt and put it in the fridge some time before you apply it to your skin.
Once nice and cool, apply a thick layer to the affected area. Leave it on your skin for a while and then wash off with cold or plain water.
3. Potato Juice Always Helps!
Grind a few pieces of potato with 2-3 tablespoons of water to make the juice. Now take some cotton (which is usually used for removing makeup), dip it in the juice and put it on the sunburned skin.
If you don’t want to go through all the hassle, you can simply dab some potato slices on your sunburned skin and you will get the same result. Do it several times a day to soothe sunburned skin and fade spots. The same thing can also be done with cucumber slices!
4. How About You DIY Sunburn Cream At Home?
You can find various creams in the market that claim to treat sunburns. However, if you don’t want to spend money on it, you can also make your own version.
You will need:
⇨ 2 tablespoons of fresh Aloe Vera Gel
⇨ 2 tablespoons of Rose Water
⇨ 1 tablespoon Witch Hazel
⇨ Some fresh mint leaves
Mix all the ingredients together and let the mixture sit for a while so the ingredients can absorb. Remember to use only fresh aloe vera gel as those available in the market may contain chemicals and preservatives like lemon. Store the mixture in an airtight container and use as needed.
5. Take a shower
The constant jet of water from the showerhead can make your sunburn worse. So skip the shower and take a cold shower in the tub. Avoid using any soap or body wash while your sunburn is still healing.
6. Make Ice Cubes Soothe the Skin
Freeze rosewater and aloe vera gel in an ice tray to make skin-soothing ice cubes that you can use on sun-exposed areas. Do not put ice cubes directly on the skin. Just wrap it in a cheesecloth before you use it.