[toc]Prolonged exposure of skin to sun rays result in a condition known as sunburned skin. Sun burned skin is also known as excessive tanning.
It damages skin. When the outer layer of the skin appears either darker or reddish in tone than the original tone of the skin, skin is said to be suffering from sun burn.
11 Home Remedies For Sunburned Skin
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera has soothing and healing properties. It is very good for the skin. It takes the redness out of sunburn. It also helps in constricting blood vessels, thus minimizing any pain associated with sun burn. Take some chilled aloe vera gel and apply on the affected area.
Let the gel stay on skin for half an hour. After that, wash with cold water. Apply aloe vera gel only during night. Aloe vera has photosynthetic property, so it will absorb sun rays, if applied during day, thus delaying the process of healing.
Baking soda is very effective in treating sunburn. Take2-3 spoons of baking soda in water and soak your body in it for 15 minutes.
After that, let the water dry off from the body naturally and do not wipe with towel. You will find a marked difference in your skin. It will heal fast.
Turmeric And Curd
Curd has soothing property. It is acidic in nature and hence proves effective in curing sun burn. Take 2-3 spoons of thick and sour curd and add a pinch of turmeric to it.
Turmeric acts as antiseptic. Also, add a few drops of lemon juice to it. Apply this paste regularly. Wash off after it dries off. A regular application will heal the skin and keep it soft and supple.
Put a spoon of oatmeal in a muslin cloth and make a small bag out of it. Dip the bag in cool water and squeeze out excess water.
Put this bag on the affected area for a couple of minutes. Again, dip the bag in cool water and apply on affected area. Repeat this process several times a day and you will feel relief from sun burn within a few days.
Lemon And Tomato
Both lemon and tomato are acidic in nature and work well to cure sunburn. Make a puree of a tomato and add 2 spoons of lemon juice to it.
Apply the mixture on the sunburned skin and leave for 20 minutes. Wash with cool water. The mixture will treat sunburn in some days.
As a result of excessive sun exposure, your skin gets dehydrated and it loses water. As a result of dehydration, your skin tends to dry out and appears scaly.
Keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water and fresh fruit juices. Hydrated skin also looks fresh and supple. Hydrated skin helps in curing sunburn faster.
Raw Potato Juice
Raw potato juice proves effective in curing sun burn. Grate a raw potato and squeeze out its juice. To the juice of raw potato, add a few drops of lemon.
Apply on the affected area and let it sit till the juice dries off. Wash with cool water. A regular application for a fortnight will help in relieving sunburn.
Cornstarch helps in soothing skin. There are many areas on our body which suffer most due to sunburn. These areas are bra straps, bikini lines, buttocks and armpits.
Cornstarch is a better option than perfumed talcum powders that might itch skin further. Just smear enough cornstarch on sunburned areas. The burning sensation will vanish after a few applications. Do not apply petroleum jelly on sunburned areas as they clog the pores.
If you are suffering from sunburn, avoid soap. If you must use, go for an ultra mild soap. Also, do not use scrub or loofah.
Be very gentle to your skin. Go for a shower or a tub bath. Do not spend a long time in water, as this will further dry your skin and in turn increase peeling and itching.
Do not let your skin dry out as it will cause itching and peeling. Apply a good refrigerated moisturizer.
You can use fresh cream to keep your skin moisturized. Apply moisturizer on the affected area several times a day.
Raw Milk, Lemon And Turmeric
Raw milk has properties to cure sunburn. Lemon is acidic and removes dead skin. Turmeric acts as an antiseptic.
In 2-3 spoons of raw milk, add a few drops of lemon and a pinch of turmeric. Apply this mixture on the affected area for 15 minutes and afterwards, wash with cool water. Apply a moisturizer after patting skin dry. It will cure sunburn.