10 Natural Ways to Soothe Sunburn

Tuesday, 06 Jul 2010 08:03 AM


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Summer is here with long, sunny days. But sometimes despite your best efforts, you can get too much sun and end up with a painful sunburn.

Sunscreen isn't foolproof, says Ara DerMarderosian, Ph.D., a specialist in alternative medicine at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He suggests the following natural products to help ease the pain:

1. Aloe

When you buy gel or lotion with aloe, check that the only, or main, ingredient is actually aloe. Other substances in the product could irritate a sunburn. Apply the aloe-based lotion or gel every hour until pain diminishes. Use on other areas of the skin that might be dry or irritated.
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2. Calendula (pot marigold)

This cream, which contains an extract of the calendula plant, acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps injured tissues heal. Apply three times daily.

3. Aromatherapy

Gently massage soothing essential oils, such as peppermint and chamomile, into the sunburned area.
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4. Vitamin E

Just open a capsule and squeeze directly on the skin. Both vitamins C and E help prevent sunburn when used either orally or topically in creams.

5. Jojoba

Jojoba oil mimics the body's natural oils and eases the tight feeling caused by sunburned skin.
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6. Cucumber

Gently rub slices of fresh cucumber over the sunburned area, advises 911.com.

7. Hydrotherapy

Soaking in a cool bath is soothing, and the addition of white vinegar, baking soda, or oatmeal can help reduce itching, pain, and inflammation.
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8. Lemon water

Mix the juice of three lemons with two cups of water, and use a sponge to dab on skin, says 911.com. Lemon juice cools the skin and is a disinfectant.

9. Oatmeal

Mix with water and apply to sunburned skin. Or just put oatmeal into water and soak the painful area.
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10. Tea bags

Place damp, used tea bags over the affected area. Tannins in tea, which are astringent and mildly antiseptic, sooth sunburned skin.

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