[toc]Summertime is the main season for sunburns and occurs when one’s skin gets overexposed to the sun and gets burnt by the scorching rays of the sun that is also ultra violet in nature. The capillaries under the surface of the skin get affected and enlarge making the outer surface thin and exposed to the heat. Sun burn results in redness of the skin and is not only irritating but also very painful, once affected, the tan can last up to months altogether so prompt treatment is a must.
Sunburn can cause a lot of skin problems like secondary skin disorders skin cancer, boils allergies etc. Though there are several ointments, lotions and creams available in the market that are effective in reducing the tan and preventing the sunburn they tend to have myriad side effects, therefore it is strongly recommended to resort to natural cures only as these natural cures not only prove to be fast and effective, they are very reasonable and readily available with barely any side effects. A few of them are discussed below.
Various Ways To Cure Sunburn
Cold Tea Bags
One of the primary treatments for sunburn is application of cold tea bags on the affected area. The tannic acid present in the tea tends to get rid of the burn from the affected area and heal it completely .It provides prompt relief and reduces both the pain and the redness of the area.
Though it heals the sun burn it does not prevent any kind of peeling. Prepare and steep teabags in a pot of boiling water and then let it cool down by adding ice to the preparation .In case sunburn is major then the steeped and cooled teabag preparation can be kept in the tub and a soak can be prepared.
Lavender Essential Oil
Another common and natural treatment for sunburn is Lavender Essential Oil. It is an amazing form of treatment but care should be taken to avoid using it directly on the burns as it could hurt. The best way to apply it is by dripping it and then spreading it on with slight pressure and with the help of a soft tissue or soft cloth like oil.
Another precaution should be taken to prevent any kind of exposure to water after the application of this oil is done. It is an avoid pain reliever helps in reducing the burning sensation as well. It has cooling properties and also prevents blisters but should be used with proper guidance.
Mild sunburns especially facial sunburns are treatable by Yoghurt as it has excellent cooling properties and gets rid of dryness caused by the sunburn. It also takes care of the sunburn rashes and does not have any specific time of application. It can be applied up to three times a day and gives result gradually. The best way of applying it is like a face pack with the help of fingertips .
Once applied it has to be kept on for a few minutes and then either washed off or wiped with a moist cloth. Yoghurt is often mixed with various other natural beauty products to bring back the natural glow of the skin and helps in refreshing the texture of the skin and removing the skin rashes that appear on the skin due to the ultraviolet rays of the sun and eliminates the tan as well, retaining the natural colour of the skin.
Another effective natural cure like yoghurt is cucumber and it is used to provide prompt relief in the burning sensation caused by sunburns. The juice of cucumber can be applied on the face and can be left to dry. After the juice dries up it can be wiped off the face with a wet cloth. Alternately grated cucumber can also be applied on the face like a face pack and can be left on for about 5 minutes before removing it with wet wipe cloth. The function of the cucumber is to soothe the affective area and remove the tan from the skin and provide moisture thus rejuvenating it.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel is another natural product with multiple benefits and is strongly recommended for curing sunburns. Though it is readily available with the chemists one should always use the natural product.
A piece of the plant can be directly applied to the affected area as it has the potential to get rid of the stinging and burning sensations caused due to the sunburn. The best way of using it is by slicing it and applying the gel directly on the affected area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wipe it off. This procedure can be repeated for about three times a day for best results.