Saturday, 29 June 2013

Summer Series #5: How to cure sunburns

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(Side note: Sorry for not posting yesterday! Came home quite late as it was the last day of school and was so sleepy that I just crashed!)
The fifth post in the Summer Series! To see the others, go HERE (under 'Summer 2013 Series')
You might be having a great time at the beach, or out sight seeing in the streets this summer. At the end of the day, the last thing you want to do is worry about painful, sore, red sunburns as a result for not enough sunscreen or over-exposed skin! They're not the most comfortable or prettiest looking thing in the world. So here are some tips to help soothe the pain - just in case: 
1. Have a cool bath or gentle shower OR use an ice pack
In order to soothe the burn

2. Apply aloe vera
It reduces inflammation and leaves a soothing feeling

3. Moisturize
After a cold shower or bath, put on either moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe the skin. Repeat to make peeling and flaking less noticeable.

4. Hydrate yourself
Burns draw fluids away from the rest of the body, so drink water, juice or sports drinks!

5. Yogurt
Spread yogurt (preferably full-fat, plain and unsweetened) on the burned area. Leave it on the skin until it gets warm and then rinse it off.

6. Apple cider vinegar
Place it in a spray bottle and store it in the fridge before spraying in on the burned area.

7. Potato peels
Sounds weird? It's actually an old remedy for sunburns! It contains moisture and anti-bacterial properties that helps with the healing process

8. Cucumber
Either apply thin slices of cold cucumber directly or puree a peeled cucumber and rub it on the affected area. This one gives a cooling sensation!

9. Cold milk
Soak a clean cloth in a bowl with equal parts of milk, ice cubes and water. Compress it on the sunburn for about 5 minutes. Repeat three times.
The fat, protein and pH of the milk has a soothing anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and the coldness constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling

- Use soap, bath oils or other detergents when taking a bath or showering. These products will irritate the skin and make the sunburn effects worse
- Scrub, pick or peel your skin
- Break blisters

So here are some natural remedies for sunburns in case you're away on holiday!
P.S: All information gathered from various sources
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  4. I didn't know about the cold milk and potato peels. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this!
    I'm stopping by from the weekend showcase and glad to learn something new every day.

  5. Great tips and perfect timing! I've got some shoulders I need to treat tonight


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