Soothe a Sizzling Sunburn

Did you go to the beach and forget to keep applying your sunscreen throughout the day? Yowza! Remember what your sunburn feels like so you’ll remember to protect yourself next time you spend the day in the sun. And in the meantime, here are a few soothing solutions to cool the burn:

  • Apply pure aloe vera gel to soothe pain and regenerate skin cells to promote healing.
  • Lavender is an antiseptic, cooling herb that can relieve burning and protect against secondary infections. To make a healing preparation, fill an 8-ounce sprayer bottle with cold water, and add 6 drops of essential oil of lavender to it. Shake the contents well, and spray the mix on sunburned areas for an instant cool-off.
  • Drink plenty of water to help heal your overheated skin. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages because they are diuretics that will steal much-needed moisture from your skin.
  • Soothe the burn by placing chilled slices of cucumber on your simmering skin. A dab of cold plain yogurt or a splash of vinegar will do the job, too.
  • Take some aspirin, ibuprofen, or other pain reliever. The drugs won’t help the burn heal, but they’re very effective at reducing pain while nature takes its course. Follow package directions for the correct dose.
  • When green tea is applied topically to skin, it may stave off cellular damage. So brew a pot of green tea, let it cool, then pour it into a sprayer bottle. Gently spritz it on the burned areas daily, and the green just may help heal the red.

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