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Natural Remedies for Sunburns – Home Remedies for Sunburn

Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light often results in sunburns which are well known to everyone: red and painful skin which is hot to the touch. The pain is commonly most severe from 6 to 48 hours after the exposure and is often followed by itchy and/or peeling skin. In severe cases, blistering can also occur as well as fatigue and dizziness. The sunburn usually heals within several days on their own.

Frequent overexposure to sunlight (even if it does not result in sunburns) also increases the risk of various skin diseases including skin cancer. For that reason you are advised to avoid direct sunlight exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the UV radiation is the strongest.

If you cannot avoid sunlight exposure when the UV radiation reaches its peak you should seriously consider the following preventive measures:

Wear protective clothing to cover your shoulders, arms, legs and head.

Wear sunglasses.

Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply sunscreen every time you come out of the water even if the manufacturer claims that it is waterproof. Choose sunscreen with a higher SPF (sun protection factor), especially if you have a light skin tone.

Adequate fluid intake. Moisturize your skin from the inside out and drink plenty of water when sunbathing.

Try to stay in the shade.

If you already have a sunburn you can use the following home remedies to relieve the pain and accelerate healing:

Cool compresses, a cool shower or bath are very effective for cooling and soothing burned skin.

Moisturize your skin. You can use any moisturizer you have on hand. It will help to relieve the pain, dryness and peeling skin.

Drink plenty of water. That way you will provide your skin the necessary moisture from the inside out.

Aloe-vera gel. It is one of the most effective treatments for sunburns. It relieves the pain and dryness, and accelerates the healing process.

Apple cider vinegar. It has a cooling effect and reduces the swelling.

Lavender oil helps to reduce the pain and accelerates the healing process. Add two drops of lavender oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil (for example olive oil) and apply to the affected area. Please keep in mind that essential oils must never be used undiluted.

Yogurt has cooling and soothing effect. Apply to the affected areas several times per day.

– An Ice pack provides immediate relief.

There are also prepared natural remedies for sunburn which are very effective.

You are advised to visit your health care provider if:

– you have a severe sunburn and blisters.

– you have fever.

– you are vomiting.

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