Usually, the symptoms of sunburns needs some time to do their occurrence. The skin gradually becomes red, it becomes more and more sensitive and hot to the touch, and if the exposure is prolonged, after a few days the blisters appear and then the skin starts to peel.
Other symptoms you may experience when you have sunburns are fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, allergic reactions.
Remember! The administration of contraceptives or using soap containing antibacterial agents predispose the skin to a higher risk of sunburn.
Further you have some home remedies that soothes your skin:
Yogurt is well known for its awesome qualities to calm irritated skin. It also moisturizes and regenerates the skin. Apply a thin layer of yogurt on red skin and massage it gently. Keep it for 10-30 minutes, then rinse it with cold water or camomile tea. Repeat the process several times, you can certainly “feel” the effects next day.
- White vinegar, like yogurt, is among the most popular home remedies against sunburns.
The vinegar can be applyed as a dressing. Soak a clean cloth in a solution consisting of water and vinegar, in equal proportions.
If you have cracks in the skin avoid this remedy, because it may cause burning sensations and pain.
- Aloe vera:
Apply it on the affected area. It stops the inflammation and pain.
- Mustard oil:
Massage the affected area and allow the oil to penetrate the skin. It removes the irritating sensation of excessive heat gathered in skin and the redness.
It nourishes the skin due to its high level of fat and helps the burn healing process. Mix 1 cup of milk with 4 caps of water, and add a few cubes of ice.
Apply compresses with this solution on the affected area every 15-20 minutes. Repeat the treatment at each 2-3 hours.
- Tomato juice:
Mix a small ammount of tomato juice with a little more butter and apply this mixture on the affected areas. Leave on for 25-30 minutes.
- Olive oil:
Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 1 table spoon of vinegar and massage the skin. Leave it act for an hour.
- Wheat and barley flour:
Mix white wheat flour with milk, olive oil or barley flour with honey and an egg white. These 2 compositions are particularly indicated for sunburns on the face.
- Oat bran:
Fill your bathtub with cold water and add 2 cups of oat bran. Get in the water and sit about 30 minutes.
The oat relieves the redness and skin peeling. Also, you can combine oats with egg white, and the composition obtained is applied directly on the affected area.
- Baking powder:
Before you enter in the bathtub, sprinkle a little baking soda in the water. It soothes the skin.
- Lavender and peppermint oil:
Massage the body. It reduces the burning sensation and pain.
- Apple cider vinegar:
Apply it on the skin, using a cotton pad.
- Chamomile essential oil:
Add a few drops in the bath water.
- Cucumbers and potatoes
These are two vegetables that relieves the burning sensation. The potatoes smoothes and speeds up the healing process,the starch calms down the skin.
The cucumbers has a cooling effect on the skin and reduces the redness. Both cucumbers and potatoes can be applied directly to burns or can be finely chopped
for their beneficial nutrients to penetrate the skin faster.
The tea is good for skin because it contains tannin (tannic acid), which relieves the sunburns.
The tannin is also used in the composition of some sprays for burns. Prepare yourself a large pot of strong tea (4-6 tea bags), put it in the fridge to cool, then soak a compress and apply it to the wounds. Also, you can put the tea in a bottle and spray it onto burns.
- Lotions with vitamin E: applied on skin reduces the itching and burning sensation.
To be avoided!
Products that contains benzocaine, lidocaine and petroleum jelly.
Lotions with lanolin before exposing yourself to the sun.
An addition of vitamin E and C in the diet.
These antioxidants are very beneficial in sunburns treatment. Therefore, it is advisable to increase the intake of these two vitamins, as well as liquids.
Food given to consumption: tomatoes, meat, eggs, fish, fruits.