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How to Treat Sunburn Naturally
by Danielle Lewis
Editor´s Note from Zorica Denton: With summer on our doorsteps and lots of sunshine, chances are we will end up with sunburn skin. These easy to make homemade remedies will save you money and be healthier for whole family.
If you are at all like me, you love being outdoors in the elements and sun. I confess I do love the glow of a tan on my olive skin. But even I will get burnt if I am not careful especially more so now that I am older. I have never been one to make use of traditional sunscreens, I always felt that I got more sunburnt with them than without. When I would go to the beach or surfing and I knew I would be out for hours I would instead apply zinc to areas that I knew burned more easily. I found nothing worked quite as well as zinc (and it turns out it’s way healthier for you to use as well- so win-win!).
Gradually getting exposure to the sun everyday is healthy for us and naturally provides us with the Vitamin D that our bodies need. We all try to be careful when out in the sun, but sometimes we end up with what can end up being a painful sunburn. But what can you do to naturally soothe and repair your burnt skin?
Here 7 safe and effective homemade remedies to soothe and heal sunburnt skin:
* Aloe Vera: This has always been my go to remedy to revitalize my sunburnt skin. Turns out it is also the most common natural remedy for burned skin. I prefer to grow my own aloe vera plant so that it is super fresh, bonus is they are super easy to maintain.
* Apple Cider Vinegar: Get a spray bottle and fill it with ACV, keep it in the fridge and when you get burnt just spray it onto the burnt area.
* Potato Peels: Provide moisture and carry natural anti-bacterial properties that aid in healing.
* Lavender Essential Oil: Relieves sunburn and can also prevent peeling.
* Yoghurt: Spread full-fat, plain, unsweetened yoghurt on the burnt area and leave on there until it warms, then rinse off. It will help your skin to cool and heal.
* Tea: The tannins in the tea will help to soothe the burn and heal the skin. You have two options here: 1) make a pot of strong tea, soak a piece of cloth in it and then apply the cloth to the sunburnt area. 2) Make a ‘tea’ bath and soak in it.
* Cucumber: You can either apply thin slices or a puree of cold cucumbers directly tot he affected area.
Before/After Sun Spray Recipes:
#1 This recipe is courtesy of Frugally Sustainable
Ingredients: * Use organic whenever possible
* 2 fl. oz. (60 ml) aloe vera juice or gel
* 1 fl. oz. (30 ml) lavender hydrosol (flower water)
* 1 fl. oz. (30 ml) peppermint hydrosol (flower water)
* 0.25 fl. oz. (7.5 ml) vegetable glycerin
* 15 drops lavender essential oils
* 5 drops carrot seed essential oils
* 2-3 drops peppermint essential oils, optional
* 10 drops non-GMO vitamin E oil, optional
* Add all ingredients to a glass mason jar.
* Shake jar vigorously to mix.
* Pour mixture into a 4 ounce mister bottle.
* Label bottle with name, contents, and date
* Shelf stable for 1-2 years, depending of quality of raw materials used.
Mist the body as often as desired whenever poolside, at the beach, or anytime outdoors to keep your skin protected and hydrated. Spray liberally to sunburned skin after showering and reapply as often as needed for comfort. SAFE for the whole family.
Keep on the shelf away from heat and direct sunlight. For an instant cooling effect upon the skin…store in the refrigerator.
#2 This recipe is courtesy of Organic For Green Livings
This botanical beauty oil boosts the effectiveness of sunscreen and helps with skin dehydration. Oil can be used on your face, body and hair. These plants supply our skin with phytochemicals that supports our natural sun protection mechanisms and the skin’s own production of melanin.
* 1/2/ cup Sesame Oil
* 1/2 cup Sunflower Oil
* 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E
* 7 drops beta carotene
Combine all oils in a glass bottle and shake well. Apply generously as needed.
You can store this up to 12 months in a tightly closed container.
Before sun exposure, whilst at the pool or beach and once at home apply Organic Unfiltered Coconut Oil to your skin. The vitamins and minerals in the coconut oil will keep your skin moisturized.
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Danielle Lewis started the Organic Natural Beauty Directory to fill a gap for consumers, where they can simultaneously find beauty brands that are non-toxic and discover articles that will inform and inspire them to live a more organic, natural life when it comes to their beauty regime. I also started it to give even the smallest business, an affordable platform in which they can reach customers