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.
I vividly remember my first sunburn, and this was far before I knew about natural sunburn relief recipes like these. Our family saved up for a pool when I was around 7 years old. It was SO interesting watching the giant yellow excavator dig an enormous hole in the backyard, even with the thunderous roaring and beeping. When the pool was finally ready, I think I spent the entire day swimming and had to be coaxed (well, okay, ordered) out after dark. In the morning I was unpleasantly surprised to find that my skin was a bright hot red! Boy did it sting. My mother was so upset because she was always careful about using sunscreen on us. I must have wiped it off with a towel at some point.
This isn’t an uncommon story. We’ve all experienced the effects of sunburn at least once in less-than-fun shades ranging from a lightly-poached pink to a blistering lobster red. Although the sting (ha ha, get it? Couldn’t resist.) of regret that comes from not using proper skin protection from UV rays can be a wonderful reminder to plan more carefully next time, it doesn’t do much in helping to sooth the immediate pain. Natural sunburn relief recipes are great to treat burned skin at home with healthy ingredients from our own kitchens.
So! If you’ve spent a little too much time having fun in the sun, here are 4 real home remedies to help ease sunburn pain and assist in speeding up the body’s natural healing process.
4 Natural Sunburn Relief Recipes
Aloe Vera is a tried and true remedy to treat sunburns. Not only does this cooling plant extract gel provide pain relief to burned skin, it has also shown to assist in the healing process by keeping the damaged, blistered skin moist and covered. Simply apply the gel to the burned skin and leave it to do its magic. Aloe Vera plants are succulents that thrive well in almost any environment. Since aloe has many natural medicinal purposes, it’s a good idea to keep a potted Aloe Vera plant around the house. Aloe Vera gel can also be purchased from drugstores and grocery stores, usually in the skin care or first aid aisle. While Aloe Vera is most effective when used directly from the plant, an over-the-counter aloe gel can also work as long it is high enough in concentration.
2. Cold Whole Milk Compress to Cure Sunburns:
The lactic acids and fat in whole milk are known to have soothing qualities effective at treating painful sunburns. Soak a clean cotton washcloth or sterile cotton gauze in cold milk and then dab carefully on the burned areas. Do this for around 20 minutes and follow up by carefully rinsing the milk off with cool water. While the cool temperatures and lactic acids are effective by themselves in the milk, the fat in whole milk is just as important, so don’t substitute with skim milk or lowfat milk.
The tannin in tea is the active ingredient that relieves the discomfort of sunburned skin. Begin by brewing a pot of black tea and allowing it to cool completely, then use a soft cloth or sponge to apply the tea to the affected area. Alternatively, you can also put the cold tea into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto your skin. STOP! Don’t throw away the used teabags. Cold teabags are especially effective at treating the sensitive skins around your eyes. Place the teabags over your closed eyes, directly on top of your eye lids. This will help sooth tired, hot eyes and burnt skin in that area of your face. If you have St. John’s Wort, you can use this as well as it also has cooling properties that tone down the heat in your skin.
4. Water Speeds The Body’s Healing Naturally:
Yes, even something as simple as water can help with treating sunburns. However, you’re not putting it on your skin to sooth the sunburn – in fact, water can intensify sun exposure to your skin by maginifying the sun’s rays, just like using a magnifying glass to burn things. That’s why it’s so important to use a waterproof sunscreen on your body before going swimming. In this case though, water can help treat your sunburn by keeping you from becoming dehydrated. Exposure to sun and heat causes you to sweat, draining your body of water and salt. Dehydration, on top of being dangerous, also slows your body’s natural healing process. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and help the blisters and healing skin get better that much faster.
While these remedies will frequently help alleviate the pain of sunburns, it’s much more important to prevent them with adequate skin protection when you’re outside in the sunlight. Sunburns can damage your skin, causing premature wrinkles and sun spots, as well as contribute to skin cancer, especially with people with very fair to light skin tones. Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outside, keep a light cover-up on when not swimming, find shade if resting outside for long periods of time, and most importantly, WEAR SUNSCREEN. Your older self will thank you!
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Blackheads are pimples that look like dark spots or small black holes on the skin. They occur when dirt, natural oils, and other small impurities clog skin pores. These clogged pores are then exposed to air, turning them dark colored, hence the name “blackheads”. These stubborn and hard to remove pimples occur on the cheeks, chin, nose, forehead, chest, arms, and back. Home remedies for blackheads can be very effective when using the right natural ingredients.
Blackheads are common blemishes but difficult to get rid of. The first thing to do is keep your skin clean with a consistent regimine using gentle acne cleansers that exfoliate your skin. Another way to prevent blackheads is to not touch your face more than necessary; the oils in your fingertips contribute to clogging your pores. However, if you do end up with blackheads, it’s very important NOT to pick or pop them. This will cause irritation and spread the bacteria that causes acne to other areas of your face, as well as leaving scarring.
With the rising costs of beauty products, it’s hard to find a frugal way to eliminate blackheads and other blemishes. Here are some effective, natural home remedies that will help to remove blackheads. Make sure to check for allergies before using over a wide area! You can test the home remedy on a small patch of skin that is out of sight. If redness and irritation occurs, check with your doctor for possible allergic reactions and medical drug interactions.
Here are popular home remedies to get rid of blackheads:
1. Ground Radish Seeds Acne Mask
Ground radish seeds combined with water creates a paste that can be used to treat blackheads. Add the paste to the affected areas. Let sit for 5 minutes and then rinse away with cool water. Repeat twice a week until blackheads are gone.
2. Glycerin Soap, Fuller’s Earth, & Almond Powder Mask
Mix glycerin soap, fuller’s earth, and almond powder in 2 to 1 to 4 ratio with warm water to make a paste. Gently rub the paste over the blackheads until they are covered completely. Let dry, then rinse away with warm water and soft washcloth. Repeat once a week.Read More»