Natural Ways to Treat Sunburn
Even though it might be snowing every day in other parts of the country, sunny Florida is still experiencing warm temperatures. If you’re a Floridian, or like to fly south for the winter, then you’re probably engaging in your daily outdoor, summertime activities, like bike rides, walks on the beach, and water sports. Even though it is wintertime, you can still get a bad sunburn if you’re not careful to protect your skin from those UV rays!
Here are a few natural ways to treat sunburn, if you happen to leave your SPF at home one day.
Sunburn is painful, and can be itchy—to relieve the pain and the itch, place a cool compress over your skin. MedicineNet.com says it’s a great way to cut the pain. You can also take a cool shower or bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar in the tub, or a few cups of oatmeal. Apple cider vinegar will help your skin’s pH balance return to normal, and oatmeal will sooth dry, cracked skin.
Parents.com suggests immediately after you take a cool shower, and for a couple of days until the redness in your skin goes away, to apply aloe vera. You can purchase lotions that contain aloe, or aloe gel that’s mostly aloe and nothing else—that’s the best choice for sensitive skin. If you’re a gardener, you can even grow your own aloe plant! Aloe works as a natural pain reliever, because it contains lidocaine. It also helps re-moisturize dry, burnt skin.
When your skin is dry and dehydrated, that means that your whole body is. Drinking extra water will actually help your sunburn heal quicker.
Once your burn is healed, head down to Woody’s Watersports for a day out on the water, but don’t forget to bring sunscreen!