It’s crazy mad when the British Met Office issues a heatwave warning and has us all looking for ways to soothe sunburn. If you are anything like me right now, then you will be suffering from your fair share of sunburn! The heatwave is getting to us all, some more than others, so much so that you might be considering turning to natural remedies to see if the old-fashioned alternatives might be able to provide you with a little more relief than you are getting from that old bottle of after sun! Some of these work better than others, but they are all rooted in successful healing. Here are six unusual but natural ways to help soothe your sunburn!
1. Castor Oil
Castor oil can have a really calming and soothing effect on sunburn thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply it directly to the damaged areas to aid quick rehydration and moisture absorption. It will also help with any blisters that you might have developed.
2. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is known for being able to reduce the painful sting of sunburn, as well as reducing the redness. This is down to its strong antimicrobial properties, making it a great product for speeding up the healing process and helping your skin to recover in a quicker time.
Not only are they delicious, but they can be soothing too! The Vitamin C and tannins in strawberries can be really helpful if mashed up and applied directly to a burnt patch of skin. It will give you immediate cooling relief, and then you can leave it on for a few minutes so the vitamins and tannins can be absorbed by the skin before washing off.
We all know about the cooling properties of cucumber, and placing them in the fridge before applying slices to burnt areas can be really soothing and beneficial. You could also try making a paste with them and applying it that way to help with wider areas of irritation.
5. Green Tea
Green tea makes for a really helpful cold compress ingredient. The tannic acid and anti-inflammatory properties that it has are the perfect combination for helping with sunburn.
6. Cold Bath
When you need something more drastic and full on, then jump into a nice cold bath. It might be a shock upon entry, but allowing your burnt skin to bathe in cold water is a perfect way to calm the irritation. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to get an even better effect.