Itchy sunburn is a serious problem if you aren’t careful, but there are some natural ways to treat it before you decide to go to the doctor.
We all love the sun. It makes us happy. Laying out in the sun is relaxing, and can even be good for your health. But it can be too much, and indulging in the sun’s rays for too long can lead to bad itchy sunburn, a terribly painful and dangerous condition.
In an ideal world, if you do plan to stay outside in the sun for a long time, then make sure you wear enough protection (with a high SPF factor sunscreen) and cover up as much of your body as possible. However, if this fails, then there are ways to treat the problem of itchy sunburn without going to the doctor straight away, although if the symptoms persist be sure to enlist some professional advice.
1. Drink plenty of water
Your body is dehydrated from the sunburn, and so the first thing to do is to drink plenty of water to hydrate and cool down. The idea is to replace your body’s lost water content, so keep drinking!
2. Witch hazel
The soothing formula of witch hazel can really help to reduce the pain and the inflammation in the area. Dab some witch hazel on some cotton cloth and gently apply to the affected area.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Run a warm bath, and add a cup of apple cider vinegar to the water. Soak in the bath and the mixture will balance the pH levels of your skin and encourage the healing process.
4. Lavender essential oil
Again, run a warm bath and add just a couple of drops of lavender oil to the water. The aroma will help you to relax, while the oil itself will help to relieve some of the pain.
Oatmeal, when added to your bath water, can help soothe the irritated skin. Believe it or not!
6. Baking soda
Baking soda is also perfect for soothing the irritated skin. Add a cup or two into your bath water to feel the effects.
Soaking in some black tea can really help to alleviate symptoms. Add a few bags into your bath water and it will help soothe the soreness. You can also increase your relaxation by putting some cold tea bags on your eyes.
8. Aloe Vera
While it may not be as easy to come by as some of the other remedies, one of the best sources of natural sunburn relief is the natural aloe vera plant. Simply cut off a leaf, squeeze out the aloe gel from inside, and then apply it directly to the burn. If you cannot get hold of the natural source, then the alternative is a 100% natural aloe gel.
Like aloe vera, cucumber is a natural anti-inflammatory, with soothing properties to help the pain and redness begin to ease off. Blend up some cucumber and apply to your skin for the best results.
10. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is not as soothing as cucumber, aloe, tea and the other remedies, but what it is great for is restoring some moisture back into your skin. Once you have undertaken the other remedies, apply a thin layer of organic extra-virgin coconut oil to your skin and it will blend in nicely.
If you know more ways for treating itchy sunburn, we would be happy to share in the comments below!
By Charlotte H.