Almost everyone today realizes that getting a sunburn is not a healthy step in caring for your body. Instead of giving you that wonderfully brown-toned effect you desired, it may result in a dulled complexion and cause serious damage to your skin that may not show now, but will in years to come. But, many still continue to seek the warm embrace of the sun without using sunscreen and end up with a nasty sun-scorched skin that is unsightly and painful. So how do we counteract that and naturally treat your sunburn fast.
Not So Fun Sunburn Facts
The National Cancer Institute reports that about a third of adults in the United States experience sunburn each year and on top of that, 33,000 of these burns require emergency room visits.
5 Ways to Naturally Treat Your Sunburn
But, take heed that there are ways to soothe and naturally heal your sunburn. Try one or more of these 5 way to treat your sunburn.
Especially for a minor burn, use either cold plain water from your faucet or ice water. Dampen a soft cloth in the water and apply until the cloth warms then reapply several times daily for about 15 minutes per cloth.
Witch Hazel is a natural astringent with long-lasting anti-inflammatory relief. While it is often used on cotton balls for relieving puffy eyes, if may give you temporary sunburn relief in smaller more burned areas.
Black tea or tea bags
It sounds quite impossible to many, but tea (especially black tea) is high in tannic acid which will countact with the burn. Home remedies have long used natural substances high in tannic acid to treat all types of burns. If you have sunburned eyelids, soak tea bags in cold water and apply to your closed eyes. To treat other sunburn areas, brew the black tea and let cool. Then apply to the skin the same as you would the cold water compresses.
Another of the common home remedies for burns as it helps to balance the Ph of the sunburned skin. Make be used locally or applied in a bath. Locally, apply with cotton balls to the affected areas. As a bath, add one cup of cider vinegar to a cool water bath.
Everyone knows oatmeal is good for you, inside and out. Like cider vinegar, oatmeal can be applied in several different ways. For local applications, place oatmeal in a soft cloth, place in cool water then apply as a compress. For a bath, process oatmeal in a blender or food processor until a powdery form then add about ½ – 1 cup to a cool water bath and soak. Oatmeal will soothe the burn and leave your skin refreshed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sunburns and Sunburn Relief
☀️ How long does it take to heal a bad sunburn?
Mild sunburns usually clear in 3 to 5 days, while more severe burns may take a couple of weeks or even months to completely heal.
☀️ Why is my sunburn getting worse?
Sunburn will become worse with more exposure to UV rays. Mild sunburn can be treated at home, but severe and blistered sunburn requires prompt medical attention.
☀️ When Should I Seek Medical Attention For My Sunburn?
If the sunburn is severe, with blisters, and covers a large portion of your body you should seek immediate medical attention. If you also have high fever, headaches, severe pain, dehydration, confusion along with nausea or chills you should seek immediate medical attention. If you are unsure of the severity of your sunburn you should ALWAYS seek medical attention immediately. Sunburns can be serious and have long term consequences to your health.
Now You’ve Healed Your Sunburn, Learn to Protect
Sun damage can cause a number of problems now and in the future. To name just a few of the conditions that can be caused by overexposure to the sun; acinic keratoses, skin cancers (melanomas and non-melanoms) eye conditions and premature aging. Use of a good sunscreen or sunblock and applying liberally is essential for protection against harmful ultraviolet rays. Keeping you and your skin moisturized and hydrated, especially after exposure to the sun is recommended to maintain healthy looking skin.
If you are prone to sunburn ALWAYS wear at least a SPF15 sunscreen and suitable clothing such as; Wide brimmed hats that will shade you, long-sleeved shirt (but still wear sunscreen as most fabrics still allow UV rays to get through).
While protecting yourself be sure that you not only protect your children but teach them protection as well. Continue to enjoy your time in the sun in a safe manner as your future and theirs could be a risk from that warm sun you enjoy.
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