Natural Sunburn Remedies
DIY Frugal Natural Sunburn Remedies for Labor Day 2014
Happy Labor Day 2014! Chances are good that you’re spending this family holiday outside in the sun. Great for getting your Vitamin D, but bad for your skin if that sun exposure means you’ll end up with a sunburn. Ouch! If you forget to put on your sunblock before heading poolside this holiday weekend then natural sunburn remedies are good to have on hand to treat those painful burns.
Signs of a subburn start with red skin that is painful to the touch. More severe sunburns include sunburn blisters and swelling in the burned areas. Bad sunburns may even result in flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, weakness and fatigue, nausea, and a headache. These symptoms can also be related to heat exhaustion, or in even worse cases be related to heat stroke. Heat stroke is LIFE THREATENING and requires IMMEDIATE medical care. Any delay can mean the difference between life and death. If you’ve been exposed to the sun and heat and have flu-like symptoms along with dizziness, confusion, and a temperature over 104 degrees, then you might have heat stroke and need to get to an ER. It may sound weird to find that info in an article about natural sunburn remedies, but you can never be too careful! As with all home remedies: when in doubt, call your doctor.
If you’re just suffering from a sunburn and looking for natural sunburn remedies, then these three basic remedies are a good start : cold water, aloe vera, and black tea.
Cold Water Sunburn Remedies
Cold water is a great home remedy for sunburns. A sunburn usually feels hot and painful, so cold water can be very soothing and naturally relieve sunburn pain. Soak a clean washcloth in ice cold water, wring out the excess water, and place the cold, wet washcloth directly on the sunburn for 10 to 15 minutes. While icey washcloths can help with suburn pain and swelling, don’t apply ice directly to a sunburn as that can actually make your burn worse. Believe it or not, you can get frostbite from an icepack left on your skin longer than 20 minutes, so use caution. Use cold water or ice for only 10 to 15 minutes and always use indirect cold, such as an icy wet washcloth or an ice pack.
Another of the more practical but overlooked natural sunburn remedies is drinking more water. Sunburns are frequently the result of being outside in the heat, and that means sweating and losing fluids. Dehydration is not only dangerous, but it can also slow down your natural healing process as your skin heals from a sunburn. Make sure to drink plenty of water!
Aloe Vera for Sunburns
Aloe Vera for sunburns is one of the most well known natural sunburn remedies. Aloe vera is a very soothing gel that naturally occurs in the aloe plant, a hearty succulent that makes an excellent addition to your home garden just for its home remedy use. You can use aloe vera for sunburns by breaking open one of the fleshy leaves and spreading the aloe sap directly over your sunborn. The aloe vera sap is not sticky and makes an excellent topical ointment by itself. If you don’t have an aloe plant, many drugstores and grocery stores specifically carry bottles of aloe vera for natural sunburn remedies.
Black Tea Sunburn Remedy
The tannin in black tea helps to soothe sunborn pain and speed up the skin’s natural healing process. Brew a pot of black tea and allow to completely cool. Apply the cool tea to the sunburn using a washcloth or cotton pads. Allow to dry. Repeat once a day. Have a sunburn in a delicate area, such as around your eyes? Save the tea bags and place them in the refridgerator until cold, then place them on the sunburn for 10 to 15 minutes.
These are just a few natural sunburn remedies but they are effective at soothing sunburn pain, redness, and swelling. The best natural sunburn remedy is prevention, so make sure to use sunblock, spend some time in the shade when outside, and drink plenty of water when playing in the sun this Labor Day weekend 2014.