- Vitamin D in the form of sunshine is great for your health but only in small doses.
- Obviously, too much sun can burn your skin and cause damage.
- You can heal your skin naturally and easily.
Spending time in the sun is fun, enjoyable and leads to an enjoyable life. However, when UVA and UVB burns your skin, your skin and your health will suffer.
Sun exposure supports your cardiovascular health, enhances your muscle strength, optimizes blood pressure levels and even prevents breast cancer. There are so many good reasons to take in sunshine, as a matter of fact, too many to list here. But what happens when we get too much sun.
You know that you have taken in too much sun when you have rendness of the skin, swelling of the skin, when your skin is warm or hot to the touch, tender and itchy, peeling or flaking or blisters on the skin, or even if your skin is extremely wrinkly or dry.
Dr. Mercola, a natural health expert, talks about the many ways to heal your skin after a crisis. He shares:
“Instead of taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications or painkillers, which may worsen your condition, go natural with these home remedies":
- Aloe vera — Several studies have shown that applying aloe vera helps reduce the risk for sunburn and relieve its symptoms. Ideally, it is best to use the gel from a fresh plant. When you cut a matured aloe vera leaf open, a thick gel-like juice will come out of it. Use that as a topical ointment to reduce the sting and redness of your sunburned skin. Apply it five times a day until your condition improves.
- Potatoes — Potatoes have starch-based compounds that may help soothe sunburn. Chop an uncooked potato into slices, and rub or pat down a piece on your sore sunburned spots. You can also try grating a cold raw potato and applying it as a poultice.
- Honey — According to a study published in the Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters, honey — particularly Manuka honey — has a number of medicinal properties that make it useful for relieving sunburn. This includes antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, wound-healing and antiexudative properties.39 Just always remember that many commercial honeys you find in your local store may not be true honey; be sure to look for local, organic honey.
- Vinegar — The acetic acid found in vinegar is said to reduce pain, itching and inflammation. Add a cup of cider vinegar into your bath water and soak your burned skin in it. It can also work like a natural aspirin. Simply dab a bit of white vinegar on your sunburn for 20 minutes for instant pain relief.
- Coriander oil — According to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, coriander leaf extract may help reduce the risk for UVB-induced photoaging. For a soothing effect, use it as an essential oil by lightly rubbing it onto your sunburn.
- Green tea — Green tea's catechin and tannic acid help soothe sunburn pain. Soak a couple of tea bags in cool water. You can either use the tea bags themselves as a cold compress on the burnt areas, or wash your face gently with the cold tea extract.
- Cucumber — With cucumber's cooling effect, simply putting it on top of your sunburn can provide instant soothing effects. You can also use it as a paste by mashing it and applying it on your skin.
- Calendula — It has natural anti-inflammatory and healing properties that are especially beneficial for burns. Although there are many calendula creams sold in drugstores today, you can make your own calendula poultice using fresh calendula blossoms for faster healing of your sunburn.
In addition to the natural remedies mentioned above, you should also try the following tips to help ease the symptoms of sunburn:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Dip the affected areas into a tub of cold water to lessen the soreness and sting.
- To avoid further irritation, do not wash your sunburn with harsh soaps.
- Refrain from putting petroleum jelly on your sunburn, as it may exacerbate the burn by blocking pores.”(1)
Remember, there are natural alternatives to sunscreen, like coconut oil or Greenerways Organic Sun Screen, that helps not only protect your skin but nourish it. Enjoy the sun a little bit at a time. Try to avoid long exposure and if you cannot dress appropriately.
If you do get burned, remember there is always Sovereign Silver Gel!
Enjoy the summer, Relax and have a Happy Energy Amazing Life!
1. https://articles.mercola.com/sunburn.aspx - How to treat sunburn naturally.