There are plenty of ways to shield your skin from damaging UV rays these days, but we can still find ourselves with a nasty sunburn. Maybe your initial coat of SPF wore off while you were at the lake, you forgot to apply any before a round of yard work that went longer than expected, or you went for a hike and forgot to pack the sunblock. Luckily, here are some effective measures you can take after you begin to feel the burn:
Internal relief - while sunburns are a painful surface problem, try relief from within by taking PhysiQOL from Ridgecrest Herbals. With ingredients like Turmeric, Boswellia extract, Teasel root, and Indian Tinospora (all supportive of the body’s ability to maintain a healthy anti-inflammatory response), this is a great place to start, or as a supplement to other topical remedies.
Salt - Salt has amazing chemical properties when it comes to burns. Whenever my mother would get a burn on something in the kitchen, I remember watching her immediately wet the area, apply a generous helping of table salt to the burn, then wrap it in a wet paper towel. She'd wear it for a couple of hours, and the burn would be diminished. For mild to intermediate sunburns, try an Epsom salt bath. Start with a warm enough bath to dissolve at least 2 to 4 cups of Epsom salt, then let the water sit to cool, or add ice cubes to bring the temperature to a more comfortable range once the salt has dissolved. Soak for at least 20 to 30 minutes to feel some great relief! If you don't have access to a bathtub, you can dissolve 2 to 3 tablespoons of Epsom salt into a spray bottle and spray the affected areas.
Keep an Aloe Vera plant in your home - If you sustain a burn from the oven or your coffee, race to your aloe plant, cut a bit off, and squeeze onto the affected area. Immediate relief, without the chemicals from store-bought aloe vera!
Apple Cider Vinegar - Some people swear that apple cider vinegar is the key to sunburn relief, simply by applying it to a rag or paper towel, and blotting the affected skin with it. While this smell may be too strong for some people, it is a viable option for relief.
Essential Oil Sunburn Spray - If you find salt too drying for your skin type, give this spray a try: Mix 15 drops of peppermint oil, 15 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of frankincense oil in a 2 ounce spray bottle, and top off the remaining space with equal parts of witch hazel and a natural aloe vera. Shake, and spray directly to the burn. The peppermint and lavender will help to cool and calm the skin, while the frankincense, witch hazel, and aloe vera will help to balance pH and help your skin repair itself.