Sunburn, that painful skin problem is a sign that you are damaging your skin and can lead to further medical complications. This is something that you should not allow to happen, but if it does, then it is important to treat the skin quickly. In this article, we look at how to treat sunburns naturally, which will help your skin heal and recover quicker.
Your body tries to handle excessive exposure to the sun in its own ways by producing melanin (which makes you tan), in an effort to protect the skin. As soon as your body's defences detect damage, it despatches blood to the affected areas, and that causes inflammation.
Because the sunburn raises the body temperature, it will also cause dehydration, a symptom of which is fatigue. Therefore, it is crucial to replenish the fluids in your body and drink lots of water. If your body temperature rises significantly, you may develop hyperthermia or sunstroke, so keep your body temperature down by constant hydration.
As said already we are fighting to keep body temperatures down. One useful tool is to place some ice wrapped in a towel onto the area affected by sunburn. Don't put the ice directly onto the skin as there is the possible risk of further damage, to the already damaged skin, through frostbite.
Ctainly, to reduce temperatures, a cool (not cold) bath will help. Do not add oils or any other product to the water, just clear water. The only additive that could optionally be added to relieve itching and inflammation would be corn starch. This perhaps is the most natural way to treat sunburns.
Natural products to treat sunburns
Aloe Vera gel provides the patient with soothing relief. Also, it has other properties such as moisturizing the skin to eliminate or reduce the peeling that will later occur. Aloe Vera has a substance called Aloin, which will also assist in reducing inflammation of the affected area. You should keep Aloe Vera cool and applie it several times a day for maximum benefits. Use only 100% pure Aloe Vera.
Greek yoghurt, which undergoes long straining, is much thicker and contains a higher concentration of probiotics than other yoghurts. However, the use of cool Greek yoghurt will both soothe the affected skin and reduce the sensitivity of the skin (and the redness). Apply the yoghurt directly to the affected area and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing it away with cool water.
Green tea contains Anti-inflammatory Polyphenols. Brew some tea, pour onto a clean facecloth and allow it to cool in the fridge. Once it has cooled, apply it to the burned area and leave it there for 15 minutes. It will help reduce inflammation of the affected area and help treat sunburns.
The purpose of applying white vinegar is primarily the protection against infection. Firstly, white vinegar contains acetic acid, which will act as an antiseptic and help protect the already damaged skin from infection. Secondly, the vinegar has a soothing, pain-relieving function as well.
Some people promote applying coconut oil to sunburn, claiming that it relieves both itching and peeling. The basis of this claim has some grounding in science as coconut oil has a lot of saturated fats which will assist in moisturizing the skin and treat sunburns.
In this growing list of kitchen ingredients, we must not forget honey. It has been proven that honey has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties. A study conducted in 2006 demonstrated that small burns that were treated with honey-soaked gauze healed faster than those treated with antibiotic creams and other dressings.
3. Final words
- Speed is an essential factor to consider when treating sunburn. Once you are burned, the wound is generating heat and this heat is damaging the skin more. Hydration and treatments that soothe the skin will decrease the heat and reduce the damage.
- Some people call these treatments "alternative medicine" because they are not endorsed by the "establishment". However, many of these treatments pre-date current drug-based treatments and was, in fact, the original medicine that people relied on. Instead of having clinical trials like modern medicine, these traditional cures have been tested over hundreds of years.
- An example of traditional medicine that became modern medicine was the story of Hippocrates, who wrote in 377 BC that willow leaves and bark could be used to relieve pain. (traditional medicine). Around 2,000 years later, researchers studied this claim and processed a new drug called Aspirin from those ingredients. (modern medicine). So do not be one who quickly turns down these natural cures just because they don't come packaged in foil and boxes.
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