10 Natural Remedies for Sun Damage

By: Sohaila El Nahas

1-Ice

Wrap an ice pack or a bag of frozen veggies in a soft towel and apply to the burn. Never place ice directly on skin as it can cause frostbite and more damage.

2-Cool Water

A cool (but not too cold) bath, shower, or moist compress takes away heat and pain. Don’t scrub skin or use products like bath oils, soap, or bubble bath.

3-Aloe Vera

The gel from inside this cactus plant eases discomfort, speeds healing, and moisturizes skin. Either split a plant leaf and apply the sap directly to skin, or buy pure aloe Vera gel at your local store.

4-Honey

Studies suggest it may work better than some antibiotic creams at speeding up healing, reducing infection, and minimizing pain. Note: Skip this remedy for babies younger than 12 months, as accidental ingestion of the honey could put them at risk for developing infant botulism. 

5-Oatmeal

Finely ground oatmeal (sold as colloidal oatmeal in stores) works as an anti-inflammatory when mixed with bath water. Make your own by pulverizing a cup of instant or slow-cooking oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it has a smooth, fine consistency. Pour into tepid bath water and soak.

6-Witch Hazel

Wet a washcloth or cotton gauze with this anti-inflammatory astringent and apply to the skin three or four times a day for 20 minutes to minimize pain and itching.

7-Milk

Place a washcloth or cotton gauze soaked in cool milk on the reddened area to create a protein film that eases discomfort and reduces heat.

8-Baking Soda or Cornstarch

Soaking in bathwater mixed with baking soda or cornstarch can relieve inflammation and itching.

9-Cider Vinegar

Acetic acid in vinegar alleviates pain, itching, and inflammation. Pour one cup of white cider vinegar into tepid bath water and soak.

10-Coriander Oil

Studies suggest rubbing this essential oil on the sunburned skin may reduce inflammation.

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