The warm weather is slowly creeping its way in and the lure of the summer sun will soon have us all out in our summer clothing basking in the heat. There are many benefits of sun exposure: it is important for the production of vitamin D and improves hormone balance. Recent studies have reported how sunshine can aid our health and happiness levels.
However, sunburn can create some very serious issues and side effects, which should be completely avoided. Cover yourself in natural sunscreen, wear appropriate clothing or go inside when you have had enough sun.
If you do find UV rays have sneaked through your sunscreen and you are sunburnt after too much sun exposure, these natural remedies can reduce pain and redness, heal our bodies and minimise damage. It is important to remember though that prevention is much better than trying to deal with the aftermath and potential health issues of a bad sunburn.
Like any burn, sunburn is drying to the skin, and time spent outside in the sun causes dehydration. Use a moisturising balm as soon as possible to help rehydrate your skin. Hydration supports the recovery of your skin. Ensure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Aloe Vera has been used as a sunburn remedy for many years. This is due to its cooling properties, especially in a lotion or gel. If using a gel, invest in a preservative-free high-quality gel.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Herbs Spray
Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar is extremely effective when combined with a tea of herbs with soothing qualities.
This recipe is a simple version to try which soothes and aids skin recovery:
1. Add two tablespoons of lavender flowers, dried mint and dried plantain leaf to one cup of boiled water.
2. Take off heat and cool. Then strain the herbs.
3. Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to the tea mixture. Fill a spray bottle and then spray on to your sunburn as often as you need to soothe and cool the skin.
Essential Oils such as lavender or helichrysum reduce the sting of sunburn and soothe the skin. Antimicrobial properties are contained within the oils that speed up healing and allow your body to recover faster. Mix in a bottle with water and spray on the skin to soothe as needed.
You can use coconut oil as a mild sunscreen of not more than 5-10 SPF, which is not strong enough for all-day use but a good option for skin health and mild use. You should always use a sunscreen that has a minimum of SPF 30 and top this up throughout the day. As a remedy it can work quickly to reduce skin redness and stop skin peeling.