[toc]Mild exposure to sunburn causes tanning while overexposure results in sunburn. It is basically caused due to radiation from ultraviolet(UV) rays from the sun. The primary symptoms of sunburn are redness or brownish patches, itching, peeling of skin, etc. We often experience a mild or acute burning sensation or pain, which varies with the severity of the burn. It also depends on the skin type to a large extent. Moreover, it also makes the skin complexion darker.
It is impossible for any person to avoid sunburn entirely because we need to step out of the house during the day to perform our day to day activities. Sunburn can cause permanent damage to the skin. So, it is better to start its treatment as soon as possible. There are a lot of quick, effective and easy ways to heal and soothe a sunburn affected skin, which are absolutely natural and usually available in every home.
7 Ways To Treat Sunburn
The calming and soothing effects of aloe Vera makes it ideal for treating sunburn naturally. Its inflammatory properties helps in reducing the pain that occurs from sunburn. This is the reason why it is being used in sunscreen lotions and gels of various brands.
In order to reduce the damage caused to the skin by sunburn and stop it from further damage, it is essential to apply it as soon as possible. Break an aloe leaf and apply the gel flowing out of it on the affected area. This will reduce the inflammation to a great extent.
A component called lycopene found in tomatoes, which is also a powerful antioxidant, works as a protective shield for your skin against the harmful UV rays that causes skin burn. The water content in it also has a cooling and soothing effect on the skin and helps in reversing the affects of the damage caused.
It is very easy to apply. Place a slice of cold tomato on the affected area and leave it for sometime. It will slowly ease the inflammation.
Coconut oil is used in many sunscreen or sunblock products as a precaution against sunburn. It is equally effective in soothing already established sunburns. Put a wet towel on the affected area and make it damp.
Now apply a few drops of coconut oil on it, gently with your fingers and leave it on the skin so that it is completely absorbed. Avoid rubbing the oil on the skin, to avoid worsening of the condition. Apply it everyday until the burn heals completely.
Cool compress heals the damaged skin tissues very fast by enhancing the flow of blood into it. Take a towel or a piece of cotton cloth and place in on the affected area. Repeat this as many times as you want.
This will not only help in healing the damage but also provide relief if there is any pain or burning sensation. You may also add some baking soda into it. However, avoid applying ice or any ice pack in a sunburn as it will increase the damage.
Potato is full of anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiseptic properties. Potatoes works as a healing agent not only for sunburns but also other burns and injuries. Take a thin slice of potato and apply in on the affected area.
Alternatively, you may blend a raw tomato in a blender or grinder to form a fine paste and apply in on the burn. Potatoes can be applied on the affected area, several times in a day. However, do not keep it for more than one hour, whenever applied.
Baking soda helps in maintaining the pH balance of the skin. It is very effective for soothing an inflamed skin. Take some water in a bowl and mix some baking soda into it. Now apply it on the affected area with a cotton swab.
Alternatively, take a bath with cool water and baking soda diluted in it. It is not possible to take bath with it several times. Therefore, you will need to apply it locally many times in a day, and continue with the same for a few days for effective results.
Sunburn not only burns the affected area, but also makes the skin dehydrated. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to drink plenty of water and other healthy fluids that helps in restoring back the required percentage of water in the body. So, it is important to drink at least eight to ten glasses of water to stay hydrated. It also calms the body and helps in the healing process, internally.