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:
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.
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.
Jojoba oil mimics the body's natural oils and eases the tight feeling caused by sunburned skin.
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Gently rub slices of fresh cucumber over the sunburned area, advises 911.com.
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.
Mix with water and apply to sunburned skin. Or just put oatmeal into water and soak the painful area.
10. Tea bags
Place damp, used tea bags over the affected area. Tannins in tea, which are astringent and mildly antiseptic, sooth sunburned skin.