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Get rid of sunburn with home remedies naturally
How the sunlight causes sunburn?
Sunburn is a condition when an individual’s body is overexposed to the sunlight or we can say overexposure to sun’s ultra violet rays. Constant and continuous exposure to ultra violet rays can cause skin cancer, in some cases sun burns takes months to heal and can be very painful and irritating. Here, it is surprising, when we see suntan bodies on beaches. Actually, when the skin is exposed to the allowed limits of sunlight it produces suntan. At this time, melanin is produced which acts as deterrent to sunburn. I would like to bring to the reader’s attention that, sunburn is not only caused by overexposure to ultra violet radiations. Some antibacterial agents present in our daily soaps acts as a catalysts to make our body more vulnerable to sunburns. Even regular consumption of birth control pills makes us easy target for ultra violet radiations of sun.
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Symptoms of Sunburn
Itching- The parts of body which are overexposed of sun’s ultra violet radiation starts itching on a slight touch.
Red and Tender skin- The skin becomes reddish and tender, starts paining in some cases. Redness of the skin becomes visual sometimes.
Blistering- In some extreme cases, we can see blisters appearing on the parts of the body which are over exposed. In those cases, one should not press the blisters as it may worsen the situation.
Peeling- In some cases, we can see skin peel out of its root. One should not touch or press, let is settle down on its own. It may take hours or days, but we should not loss patience.
Nausea & Vomiting- Nausea and vomiting also indicates sunstroke and sunburn symptoms. Fever is also an additional compliment of sunburns.
Thirst and headache- Increased thirst of water and headache also signifies overexposure to sun and ultra violet radiations.
Best home remedies to get relief and heal sunburn
Now in this section, I am going to explain some of the best time tested home remedies to treat and heal sunburns. Believe me guys, this is going to be one of your best readings. So, i would start with.....
Baking Soda Bath- Baking soda bath is good to treat those scratchy skin giving you irritation. Add two teaspoon of baking soda in your bathing water and leave it for 10 minutes. Then take bath, or I would say, rest for 15 minutes in your bathtub for a good remedy. Never extend the bathing time beyond a maximum of 20 minutes as it may leave the skin dry and dull.
Aloe Vera Gel- Aloe vera is one of the best natural products for skin. Apply aloe vera gel taken directly from the leaves of aloe vera plant can give a soothing effect and heals the affected area in good time.
Cool cotton- You can cold water and some cotton. Soak the cotton in the cold water and apply on the affected area for 10-15 minutes to provide relief to the affected area.
Oatmeal bath- Take a scoop of oatmeal and mix it in the water of your bathtub. Let if allow to mix properly and then take bath for 10-15 minutes for a great relief and soothing effect on the sunburn area.
Cool bath- Bathing with cold water is a great relief for sunburn body. It provides great relief from itching and rashes. Take a normal bath of 10-15 minutes with cold water for instant relief.
Potato paste- Take couple of potatoes, grind it by adding a little water. Make a paste of potatoes and then apply it on the affected area. Let the paste to dry on the applied area and then take a cool shower.
Apple Cider Vinegar- Apple cider vinegar can be very helpful in case of sunburns. Spray some apple cider vinegar on the affected area and then leave it for some time to get instant relief. You can also add some apple cider vinegar in your bathing water. Additionally, you can soak some cotton balls or a small towel in vinegar and then apply it on the affected area.
Tea bags- Tea contains tannic acid and very helpful in burns. Take a good size pot and make tea with 6-7 tea bags. Keep it in a refrigerator to let it chilled. Take out and then apply it over the affected area using cotton balls or a hand towel. Let it dry for some time and wash with cold water.
Cucumber- Cucumbers are great to provide relief from itching sensation due to burns. Just slice a cucumber and put it on the affected area for some 15 minutes. You can also grind the cucumber to make a paste and then apply it over the affected area.
Honey- Honey is also one of the best natural products to get instant relief from the pain and itching sensation caused by burns. Just apply some honey over the affected area and then leave it for 15-20 minutes to get instant relief from pain and itching. You can also add some lime juice (one teaspoon) or milk to get added relief from pain and itching.
Tomatoes- Tomatoes come instantly in our minds, in case of burns. Tomatoes offers instant relief from pain, itching and burning sensation. Make a paste of some tomatoes and apply it over the affected area for 15 minutes to get instant relief. You can also add half a cup of butter milk in mashed tomatoes for better results.
Sandalwood- Sandalwood is a cooling agent and can be used in sunburns or other burns. Make a paste of sandalwood powder by adding some water and then apply it over the sunburn area. It cools down the temperature of the skin and heals it. You can add some fuller’s earth in the sandalwood paste to get additional relief. Fuller’s earth is also a great cooling agent and is used in cosmetic industry worldwide.
Mint Juice- Mint juice is also a great natural product to provide instant relief from sunburns. Take some mint leaves and then take out the juice out of it. Apply it over the affected area to get instant relief. It cools down the temperature of the skin and offers instant relief from pain and itching. Mint juice is also a great remedy for acne problem.
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Some Simple Suggestions For A Great Relief
- One of the most important points to be kept in mind after applying all those remedies on the affected area is to never wipe off the wet body or skin with a towel. Always let your body dry after taking shower in case sunburns.
- Apply a good sun lotion before going out in sun. You can also apply a small quantity of sandalwood lotion or paste.
- Have lots and lots of water if you suffer from sunburn and sunstroke. It maintains adequate water content in the body and prevents from dehydration.
- You can add eatables that are rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin C as these are good in repairing skin. Tomatoes, fish and citrus fruits are rich in those Vitamins.
- Wash your exposed part of the body with cold water, every time you get a chance. It certainly lowers the temperature and prevents you from sunburn.
- As far as possible, wear full clothes when you go out in sunlight.