Best natural sunburn remedies to help heal and soothe your skin
With the UK currently undergoing extreme weather, this means there is a higher chance of people experiencing sunburn. Proper aftersun creams and lotions are always advised for soothing any burns, however you can also soothe burns straight from the fridge! Here Parvinder Sagoo, Lead Pharmacist and health adviser for Simply Meds Online shares the 5 natural sunburn remedies you can find in your fridge.
Honey has so many health benefits, and so of course it can also be useful when it comes to soothing any sunburnt areas of skin. Crammed with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and rich in natural antioxidants, honey can be a fantastic remedy for burnt skin. Apply the honey directly onto any burnt areas and leave for around 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing off.
Cucumber can help to reduce any swelling and inflammation that may occur after burning your skin, so if you have this vegetable sitting in the fridge I suggest using it to treat these minor burns. You can either cut the cucumber up into slices and place those on the area, or blend them in a blender and apply the mixture over the burnt skin to cool it down. For an extra cooling and soothing effect, put the cucumber in the freeze for half an hour before using.
A bit of an unusual choice, but carrots when ingested can be one of the best foods to have if you regularly suffer from sunburn. This is because of the beta carotene in the vegetable which is a carotenoid which works to naturally aid the healing of sunburn from the inside out and can help prevent those with sensitive skin from suffering with bad burns. Other foods which have this natural ingredient are potatoes and cantaloupe.
Blueberries are packed with rich antioxidants that can help to fight off free radicals that can damage skin due to sun exposure. They are also a great source of vitamin C which can help to prevent ageing and fine lines developing. If you have suffered from sunburn, you should eat a good portion of blueberries to help try to counteract any damage, especially if this burn is on your face. Working to prevent skin damage from the inside out can be just as beneficial as using topical creams.
Applying cold yoghurt to any areas of sunburn can help to both soothe and cool the area. Greek yoghurt contains beneficial probiotics such as lactic acid bacteria which can help your burns to heal better and faster. You can apply a spoonful of cold yoghurt on the burnt area of skin and it should soothe the area within minutes.
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