When it comes to sun care, prevention is the key, but if you’ve donned your wide-brimmed hat, slathered on sunscreen like clockwork and still managed to get a raw, red burn, have no fear. These fantastic skin-soothers are guaranteed to take the pain out of sunny days, naturally.
Take a Tea Dip
Nothing soothes a fierce sunburn like a cooling bath but you can ramp up the healing by adding tea to your tub. Black tea is rich in tannic acid, which can help take the sting out of particularly painful burns and also offers continuing anti-bacterial protection to the wounded area. An added bonus? The complex flavonoids in black tea pack a potent antioxidant punch that helps speed up the skin’s healing process.
To reap the benefits, brew a pot of strong black tea and refrigerate it before adding it to cool bath water. A long, comforting soak later, you’ll be surprised by the reduced redness and pain.
Put Out The Flames With Aloe Vera
Apply a cooling layer of pure aloe vera gel to blistering burns. Aloe vera contains auxin and gibberellin, two anti-inflammatory powerhouses that work to quickly quell the fiery burn and repair damaged skin. The aloe vera plant also contains six different antiseptic agents so slathering aloe vera gel on sunburnt skin offers the affected area added protection.
You can purchase pure aloe vera gel in most pharmacies but as with most things, fresher is always better. Simply pluck a juicy leaf from the aloe vera plant, slice it open length wise and squeeze out the rich gel. Cover the burned area with the open leaf to shield it from the open air and allow the gel to soak in continuously.
Reduce Redness With Strawberries
For a refreshing and restorative sunburn treatment, make a paste of chilled, mashed strawberries and apply a thick layer to the affected area. Leave the paste on for up to 15 minutes before gently removing.
Apart from being an excellent source of edible sun protection, strawberries also provide topical pain relief. Loaded with tannic acid, strawberries reduce the pain of a bad burn while setting the stage for skin to repair itself.
Pour On The Pomegranates
Recent research shows that eating helpings of the ruby red fruit can help severe sunburns subside and trigger the healing of sun-damaged skin. The key is in the fruit’s ellagic acid, a polyphenol that boasts intense anti-inflammatory properties. Add a daily dose of pomegranate to your meals to maximize the performance of topical sunburn treatments.
Turn to Turmeric
This bright yellow powder is chockfull of surprising medicinal properties and according to a Japanese study, healing sunburned skin is one of them. The study points to turmeric as an effective agent against ultraviolet B radiation damage, while turmeric’s ability to block pain-producing inflammatory cytokines makes it as effective as aspirin for relief.
Once other topical treatments like aloe vera and strawberries have taken away the redness and rawness, apply a paste of ground turmeric and water to the area to speed up your skin’s natural healing process and make that sunburn a distant memory.