Published on: 08/24/18While it is more ideal to follow the advice already mentioned in our first article “5 natural ways to stay safe in the sun”, we also know that life is rarely ideal and who amongst us has never suffered from over-exposure to the sun?
So, if you do end up suffering at some point during this summer, here are some of the more natural sunburn remedies.
1 Water, Water, Water
It may seem rather obvious, but as with any burn, the best way to treat it is of course with life’s most glorious and simple remedies; Water.
While I already mentioned the importance of water in our first article, it becomes even more relevant when recovering from a nasty case of sunburn.
When we suffer a burn, but particularly in the case of sunburn, our skin becomes seared and dried out. The burn will actually attract fluid towards the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body which can also result in dehydration. Therefore, it is of course, vital that we fully refuel ourselves from the fountain of life.
Rehydrate your body by drinking plenty of water (3 litres per day) and also consider using sports drinks or coconut water. These drinks help to replenish the much-needed electrolytes that are lost when we suffer from sunburn.
You can also help your body to recover by taking a cold shower or using a handheld natural water spray to keep yourself cool and your skin hydrated during the day. Don’t forget to check out those labels for any hidden ingredients.
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2 Aloe Vera Gel
One of the more natural remedies available, Aloe Vera can provide a fast and effective remedy in mild cases of sunburn.
The best way to apply Aloe is by rubbing the natural form of the gel directly into the location of the burn and leave it to soak in on the skin.
This miraculous plant can almost instantly help to both soothe and calm your sunburn. It is also helpful in healing wounds while it can also prevent scarring and is considered one of the best ways to naturally treat sunburn.
3 CBD for Sunburn
Often used as an anti-inflammatory topical formula, CBD is also thought to be a natural remedy that could also be effective in the treatment for sunburn.
Renowned Dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, suggests that CBD could be used for skin burns because of its powerful anti-inflammatory effect, and its remarkable ability to both reduce pain and prevent potential infections.
CBD is available as a topical balm, and could potentially provide substantial relief if applied to the affected area of the skin.
While research on this particular area for CBD is still in its infancy, we have already learned so much about the incredible powers of CBD, for treating a wide variety of conditions, so it should come as little surprise that CBD may offer a viable treatment for sunburn too.
For thousands of years, Turmerics health benefits have been well known to eastern cultures, but thanks to a rise in interest in natural remedies, its popularity as a food ingredient in the western world has grown enormously in recent years.
Turmeric has long been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine having been grown throughout India and other parts of Asia. It is more commonly used in foods like curries, stir-frys and soups, and can actually be used as an effective, natural treatment for sunburn and blisters.
Turmeric’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties also make it a potentially great remedy for the natural treatment of sunburn blisters.
Simply take 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder and add enough water to make a paste. Apply this paste over the blistered area for 10 minutes, before washing off gently with cold water.
This method can be used once per day until the affected area or blister reduces and heals.
Yes, that’s right, good old fashioned spuds. While it might come as a surprise, potatoes can actually be used as an effective and natural way to treat sunburn.
Believe it or not, potatoes actually help to relieve both pain and inflammation and therefore provide a quick and effective remedy for sunburnt skin.
The juice of a raw potato will help to strengthen the upper layer of your skin, even out its color and provide some much-needed moisture to your skin. Additionally, the starchy compounds found inside the potato actually help to reduce the sting of sunburn. All you need to do is thinly slice some raw potatoes and apply them to the sunburned area of your skin.
Nature's own medicine cabinet actually had a wide variety of alternative natural remedies for sunburn. Including cucumbers, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar, these are just some of the options you can potentially use if you have for sunburnt skin.
Seek Medical Attention
If you feel that your sunburn is not improving, It is important to seek medical help, especially if you are suffering from any of the following;
- Severe blistering over a large portion of the body
- Excessive fever or chills
- Feeling dizzy or confused.
You must never scratch or attempt to pop blisters, this can lead to nasty infections and make things worse. Signs of infection could include red streaks or oozing pus.
Hopefully, by following the guidelines outlined earlier, we can avoid any of the harsh consequences of enjoying too much of the sun this summer.
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Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).