So you’ve just spend the day soaking up the summer rays and enjoying the warm weather. But little did you know that your skin is absorbing more than it can of harmful UV radiation so you come home to painful and sunburnt skin! Ouch! What can you do to manage the pain of sunburnt skin and help it heal faster?
This is part 2 of our 2 part series on protecting and also healing your skin through the most powerful botanicals and natural elements. In this part, we’ll cover how you can heal your skin naturally in the unfortunate event that you do end up getting sunburnt.
Aloe Vera is a great cactus plant that can quickly ease the discomfort associated with sunburns. It reduces inflammation and intensely hydrates the skin while speeding up the healing process. Another great natural product is honey. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and also has immense hydrating properties. This helps soothe damaged skin, eases discomfort, intensely moisturizes skin and supports the healing process.
Another great natural treatment for sunburnt and damaged skin is oatmeal. Its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe irritation and redness. A rich moisturizer, its high beta-glucan content of oats ensures deep penetration within the layers of the skin. A rich source of polysaccharides, oats form a protective barrier on the skin preventing moisture loss and ensuring well hydrated and moisturized skin.
Bicarbonate of Soda makes for a fantastic remedy for damaged skin and sunburns. It soothes inflammation, reduces itching, and aids in the healing of sunburns. The high content of antioxidants in green tea and the tannins in black tea also aid the healing process of burnt skin. Sandalwood also has anti-inflammatory properties as well as a high content of antioxidants which can greatly help soothe skin and speed up the healing process of sunburns.
An additional option, albeit a smelly one, is Cider Vinegar. Rich in acetic acid, vinegar works wonderfully to alleviate pain, itching, and inflammation easing the discomfort associated with nasty sunburns. Essential oils like lavender with its antifungal, antibacterial, and carminative properties, and eucalyptus with its ability to numb pain and mentholated properties, can also help soothe and heal sunburnt skin.
Alternatively, you can also try the After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist by Herbivore available on our website. With so many options, fret not even if you do suffer from this uncomfortable side effect of fun in the sun.