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4 Natural Remedies to Heal Your Sunburn Faster

3 minutes to read

08/08/2019

Especially as we age, taking care of your skin is important. It's the largest organ of the human body, and it's the only one whose state of health you can see with your naked eye. When your skin is ailing, we need to nurture it back to health, and this is especially true after a sunburn, the most common form of skin damage.

When the sun beats down on unprotected skin, the skin manufactures more of the pigment melanin in an attempt to protect itself from further damage. The increase in melanin is what makes you appear tan.

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Fair-skinned people, who have less melanin to begin with than darker-skinned people, are more likely to experience sunburn than people who have more melanin. The more the sun damages your skin, the more melanin your skin produces, and the darker you'll get until your skin just gives up and burns.

Not only does a sunburn increase your risk of skin cancer, but it leaves you suspended between unbearable itchiness and excruciating pain. All you want is relief, so we'll save the lecture about sunscreen until the end and present you with these four all-natural, research-proven sunburn remedies.

1. Coconut oil

Coconut oil has many uses, and treating sunburn is one of them. The first thing you'll want to do for your sunburn is moisturize the heck out of it, and coconut oil is a potent moisturizer that contains no artificial fragrances, dyes, or other skin-drying chemicals. Add a few drops of both peppermint essential oil, which is a natural painkiller and cooling agent, and lavender essential oil, which has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties to promote healing.

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2. Hydrating food

While the coconut oil soaks in and the essential oils get to work, drink some water and eat some hydrating food to moisturize your skin from the inside. Eat fruits and veggies like berries, tomatoes, and dark leafy greens, which are packed with antioxidants to help counteract the skin damage. Keep drinking water, and avoid sugar and alcohol, which can dehydrate the skin.

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3. Black tea

Lactic acid can help speed up the recovery process. By dabbing extremely strong black tea onto your burn with a cotton ball. The tea's anti-inflammatory properties and potent antioxidants will help ease the red and reduce pain and swelling. Add a few drops of peppermint and lavender essential oils to up the healing properties.

4. Apple cider vinegar and yogurt

It may sound counter-intuitive, but apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is an excellent remedy for painful sunburns. Once your skin is nice and hydrated, make a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and mist it onto your skin. Let it sit for a few minutes.

Now is a good time to start taking an ACV supplement like Thrive Naturals' Apple Cider Vinegar Complex, which supports healthy skin pH and packs a powerful antioxidant punch to improve the health of your skin.


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Once the ACV has soaked in and evaporated, use a cotton ball or your hands to slather full-fat, plain yogurt over the sunburn. Yogurt contains probiotics, which will help restore your skin's natural barrier, and lactic acid, which acts as an anti-inflammatory to soothe and moisturize. Plus, cold yogurt feels great on burnt skin. Leave the yogurt on for 10 minutes, then take a cool shower to rinse it off.

Prevention

And now, on to prevention. Any damage to the skin, including tanning, can lead to visible aging and can cause skin cancer down the road, including melanoma, its deadliest form. Sunburn leaves your skin particularly vulnerable to serious cosmetic and internal damage, especially if you're over 50. Protecting your skin from the sun at all times with an SPF 30 to 50 sunscreen will help keep your skin healthy and soft, and it could even extend your life.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2792613/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5435909/

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