Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Natural Remedies: Sunburns

People have worshipped the sun for centuries now. But only in this past century have people worshipped the sun by lay out and baking themselves to a golden tan. But sometimes that golden tan can be masked by a angry sunburn. Overexposure to the sun can majorly hurt but these remedies can put you at ease while Mother Nature heals the burn. But remember, these remedies cannot reverse any real damage caused by unprotected exposure to the sun.

1. Baking Soda

Adding a few tablspoons of baking soda into your bathwater makes for a great sunburn-soothing bath. Soak in the water for atleast 15-20 minutes. If you soak any longer you will be at risk of drying your skin out. Baking soda creates an alkalized envoirment which is soothing to a burn. It also has antiseptic properties to help relief itching.When it's time to get out, fight the urge to towel dry. Instead air dry and do not wipe off the baking soda.

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal added to a cool bath can be a wonderful relief for a sunburn. Scooping 1/2-1 cup of oatmeal into your bathwater. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve pain.

3.  Aloe

Aloe is a thick, gel-like juice from the aloe vera plant. This can take the sting and redness from a sunburn. Aloe vera contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties  to provide relief.

4. Cold Compresses.

Resting a cool compress on a burn ( do not apply ice or an ice pack to a sunburn) Cold compresses can relieve discomfort but that's about it. A cold compress using milk can be soothing and relieve any itching.

5. Water.

If you have a sunburn your skin is likely to be dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water recover from a sunburn. Being hydrated will help burns heal better.

6. Potatoes.

A Plain potato makes a wonderful relief source when it comes to sunburns. By pulverizes potatoes in a food processor, apply them directly on your burn. Potatoes are know for their pain-relieving properties throughtout the world.

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