Very few people eagerly await summer. And the obvious reason is the all sort of health problems it brings with it. Sunburn is one of the most common problems among many. Many people are even allergic to sun rays and get itchy, red, and inflamed skin soon after exposure to sun rays. Being ignorant, people mostly leave it untreated.
However, it can be treated at home with simple and natural ingredients. Instead of rushing to a doctor, try the following home remedies to witness a magical soothing and healing effect. Remedies are simple but needs a little effort to prepare it at home.
Potato is an amazing natural ingredient that can be used to heal many skin conditions. You can erase blemishes, marks and get a clear tone by simply applying its juice. It is also very effective for the treatment of sunburn.
And you don’t even need any other expensive or fancy ingredients. Just take one potato, either blend its pieces to make a paste or extract its juice. You can apply either of them on the affected skin for fast relief from the symptoms of sunburn.
Using milk compress is the simplest, easiest and the most inexpensive way to treat sunburn at home. Milk is a common kitchen item and is available at home anytime. You just need chilled milk and a cloth to treat your sunburned skin. Milk helps to sooth the skin by controlling the inflammation and irritation. Take half cup of chilled milk in a wide vessel, dip a clean wash cloth into it. Squeeze the extra milk from the cloth and place it on the affected skin. Leave it for few minutes. Once the cloth comes to room temperature, dip it again in the cold milk and place on the skin.
Cornstarch is another item which is commonly found at homes. You don’t need to plan anything to use these remedy. The smooth texture of cornstarch is easily absorbed by the skin and works in many ways to heal the inflammation, redness and itchiness. Take enough amount of cornstarch in a small bowl, according to the affected skin area.
Pour in little water into the bowl, enough to make a paste. Spread the paste gently over the affected skin and leave until you feel some relief from the burning sensation. Then wash off the paste.
Green Tea and Mint
Mint is known to have cooling and soothing effect on body. Even the smell of mint leaves is so soothing that it is used to treat headache. Green tea contains tannic acid and theobromine which helps to cure many skin problems.
You will need the following ingredients to prepare this remedy at home: 1 litre water, 5 green tea bags, 3 cups of fresh mint leaves, cotton pads or soft cloth. Boil water along with tea bags and mint leaves. Strain the liquid and place it over the skin by soaking into cottons balls.
Aloe vera is an excellent remedy for curing various skin problems. Take a large aloe vera leaf. Slit it from the side and take out the gel, apply the gel on the skin for instant relief from sunburn.
Witch hazel plant extract is generally found in the form of distilled extract. You can easily get it at any herbal stores. Take enough amount of hazel extract in a bowl, soak a cotton ball and apply it over the affected skin.
Oat meal contains polysaccharides that heals and sooth the sunburn skin. Take 2 cups of rolled oats in a cotton tube sock. Tie the end tightly to control spilling. Soak the socks in water for few minutes. When the water around the socks starts getting cloudy, place the sock on the skin.
Yogurt contains probiotics and enzymes that heal sunburn skin like no other. Just apply enough cold yogurt on the affected portion. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse with water.
Cucumber is another nature’s gift that works perfectly on sunburn skin. Cut few slices of cucumber and directly place it on the sunburn skin. Otherwise, prepare a paste in blender and spread it on the skin for quick relief.
The cool nature of ice can help to calm the burning feeling of the skin. Just rub it on the skin or take a cold shower by putting enough ice in your bath tub.
This heavenly liquid never fails to heal any skin problem. Apply manuka honey on the skin for instant relief from sunburn. Manuka honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature which perfectly acts on sunburn skin.
Tomato contains lycopene that helps to cure sunburn. Simply cut a slice of tomato and rub it on the affected skin. You will notice a quick recovery from inflammation.
Vinegar is a versatile ingredient for many home remedies. It can also cure sunburn. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar into the bath water. The antibacterial properties of vinegar act on the skin while it evaporates.
Lavender oil has a cooling effect on the skin. Mix a few drops of lavender oil with vitamin E oil and olive oil. Massage the affected skin with the oil mix for fast relief.
If all the above remedies fails, and you still wants to go natural to treat sunburn skin instead of chemical product, then try the following homemade cream. You will need the following ingredients to prepare it: 1 tablespoon witch hazel, teaspoon of aloe vera gel, 2-4 teaspoons cornstarch, 1-2 cups fresh mint leaves, 2 tablespoons clean water.
Take given quantity of water, witch hazel, and aloe vera gel in a bowl. Mix them together and leave it to infuse for 2 hours. Then add chopped mint leaves and cornstarch to the mixture. If the mixture becomes too thick, add more water to achieve the desired quantity. Transfer the cream in an air tight jar and leave it in cool dark place for 24 hours. Store the cream in the refrigerator. Keep it ready before the advent of summer so that it is handy to use during hot summer months.