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How to cool down
a Sunburned Skin

I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket. - Kellie Elmore

Sunburn goes far beyond the short-term pain and redness as the results can be long-lasting. A sunburn accelerates skin aging and is one of the leading causes of melanoma and skin cancer.

What is a sunburn?

It is an inflammatory reaction to ultraviolet (UV) radiation that damages the outermost layers of the skin.

Melanin, the pigment that provides colour and defends the skin against the sun’s rays, works by darkening your unprotected sun-exposed skin. One of the reasons why some people will get sunburned and others won’t, is due to the amount of melanin a person has, which is determined by genetics. Unprotected sun exposure in people who have less melanin, can cause skin cells to become red, swollen and painful. Sunburn can range from mild to blistering.

Once you have had a sunburn, then your skin will start to peel. This is a result of your body trying to rid itself of the damaged cells. The peeling skin should be left to naturally come off.

Sunburn can sometimes happen, even to the most diligent of sunscreen wearers. Thankfully, with ingredients that you can find in your kitchen and bathroom, you can treat your sunburn easily at home.

5 Ingredients to treat a sunburn

Aloe Vera

One of the most popular ways to treat a sunburn is by applying aloe vera. The gel will provide a cooling relief to the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that will soothe the skin. It is best advised to always keep a bottle of aloe vera in your beach bag throughout summer. Even better if you are able to apply aloe vera from the actual plant. 

Hyaluronic Acid

Applying a face serum that is infused with hyaluronic acid to a sunburn on the face will assist in helping the skin heal faster. Hyaluronic acid will help to moisturise and plump sun-patched skin without causing further irritation as it is a hydrating substance that is naturally produced by the body.

Aloe Vera Plant
Hyaluronic Acid Serum

White Vinegar

Applying white vinegar to the affected areas will help relieve pain and inflammation as well as prevent potential infection. White vinegar is composed of acetic acid that will relieve pain and inflammation as well as act as an antiseptic.

Green Tea

Green tea contains polyphenols which are anti-inflammatory. The green tea leaves can be steeped and then cooled in the fridge. Soak a clean washcloth in the steeped tea and then apply the compress to affected sunburned areas for at least 15 minutes.

White Vinegar
Green Tea Leaves

Greek Yogurt

The anti-inflammatory benefits that lactic acid offers in Greek yogurt will soothe and moisturise sunburned skin. Because Greek yogurt is strained more times it results in a thicker concentration of probiotics. Skin sensitivity and redness are reduced by a topical application of probiotics. Apply Greek yogurt to affected areas for 15minutes.

Greek Yogurt

It is important to find reliefe and treat your sunburn as soon as possible. If the sunburn is severe it is important to seek medical attention immediately. 

Avoid getting another sunburn in the future by learning from your sunburn. A sunburn will heal but the damage will last forever. Be sure to apply sun protection every day.