Treating sunburn naturally

It happens to the best of us! We do all we can to keep our skin well protected over the hot summer months, but fun at the beach, a pool party at home, or friends coming over for a braai has us distracted, and before we know it, that painful rosy glow appears. Sunburn!

Luckily, there are some easy sunburn-relief remedies hiding out in your home. Next time you experience a mild sunburn, why not try a few of these suggestions:

Cool Compress: Sunburned skin longs for a chill to bring it some relief. Dip a washcloth in water and rest it on the burnt area (you can add some witch hazel to ease swelling). For extra relief, put the fan on and aim it at the exposed skin.

Hydrate: The Skin Cancer Foundation says that sunburns “draw fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body”. Make sure you replenish your body’s fluid while you recuperate. Hydration is always a good idea!

Hit the Kitchen:

Cucumber – for cooling relief, place cucumber slices over burnt eyelids. You can also blend cucumber to create a cool paste and apply it to the sensitive area.

Milk – mix milk and water with some ice cubes for a milky compress. Dip a facecloth into the liquid and place it on the sore skin.

Yoghurt – Smear plain yoghurt on the burnt areas and wash off in a cool shower.

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is known to soothe and heal sunburnt skin. Just make sure you don’t go back into the sun with oil on your skin.

Aloe Vera is a well-known sunburn remedy. If you have any in your garden, break the meaty leaf and apply the gel directly onto your skin. Aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory properties and nutrients that aid in skin growth and repair.

Rest: Try to rest and avoid picking or peeling your skin, as this can lead to infection.

Moisturize and replenish the skin: Finally, why not try our Organic Care Hydrating Body Lotion with Organic Coconut & Kigelia. Combined with Baobab fruit extract and vitamin E, these ingredients are strong anti-oxidants which fight free radical damage from pollution, the sun and the environment. Aloe Vera acts as a natural anti-inflammatory to soothe irritation and calm the skin. Perfect as a natural lotion to apply to sunburnt skin.

OUR TOP TIPS for Summer: When outside in the sun, remember two things: shade and sunscreen!

Shade can come in the form of an umbrella, a hat, a beach tent or a protective swimming costume. When it comes to sunscreen, nothing beats Pure Beginnings Baby & Kids Sensitive Sun Milk. This Sun Milk offers very high broad-spectrum protection (UVA and UVB) against the sun. Using 100% natural mineral filters, it contains no chemicals and is safe for the most sensitive, fair and delicate of skins. Our sunscreen is free from nanoparticles, is water resistant and contains Aloe Vera, which helps nourish and heal the skin.

Keep safe, keep covered and have fun!

 

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