The song ‘Lets soak up the sun’ should have had the next line saying ‘thereafter struggle against the sunburn”! As much as we ladies love to have fun in the sun, we completely hate the sunburns. And on some of us, the suntan lotions and sunscreens hardly show any effect.
There are still the shadow lines and an initial tenderness of the skin , which is replaced by a dark shade of tan after a few hours. During summer season most of us accept tan and sunburns as our constant companion. In this write up, we will provide you with simple home remedies that have to be followed regularly so that you get back to your natural complexion expeditiously and fight the sunburns.
9 Home Remedies For Sunburn
Tomato has skin cooling properties. The best thing about using it is that you need not necessarily prepare a pack out of it. When used in salads or for food preparation, we tend to slice off the top most part of tomato as waste. From now on instead of chucking it into dustbin, just rub the juicy side on your burned skin. Do it every time you slice a tomato. Ideally two times in a day should be enough.
This trick works well for regular every day tan and sunburn. However, if you have heavy sunburns then take out the tomato pulp, add a few drops of lemon and a teaspoon of gram flour. Apply this pack on your face. Let it dry for half an hour and wash off.
Lemon has cooling and skin brightening properties. It basically acts like a natural bleach without the side effects that come along with commercial bleaching agents. If you have dry skin then refrain from using lemon in an undiluted state or directly on the skin. Mix it with some olive or baby oil.
Apply this oil lemon mixture on your face as a very thin layer. You need not even wash it off if it does not give out an oily shine on the face. If you have to wash it off, just use water.
Earthy Fuller’s Earth
Fuller’s earth is an ancient remedy for skin maladies especially resulting out of sun damage. You can prepare very effective face packs using fuller’s earth. Add a spoon of sandalwood powder with two spoons of fuller’s earth.
Make a paste like consistency by adding rose water. Apply it on your face and let it dry for about half an hour. Wash off for a bright glow on the skin. This treatment will also help you lighten the appearance of fine wrinkles on the skin.
Sandalwood has cooling properties. It soothes the skin and stops the excess production of melanin. In case of sun damage, it will help in the healing process of skin as well. There are number of ways in which it can be used. If you have a block of sandalwood then rub it on a stone with some water to extract the sandalwood paste.
Apply it on your face and wash off after it dries up. You can also add a spoon of honey to sandalwood paste if it tends to dry the skin. If you have sandalwood powder then just mix it with some rosewater, a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of turmeric powder for great results.
We all know about the cooling results of curd. It is a great anti-fungal agent which moisturises the skin and restores the balance of healthy bacteria on our body. Take some fresh curd preferably at room temperature. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder in it.
Apply this mixture on your face. Let it rest for about 45 minutes. Wash off without using a face wash or soap. Curd removes the tan and keeps your face moisturized as well.
Slimy Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one herb against numerous health problems. One of those problems are skin problems. Right from candida to sun damage, Aloe Vera is one herb that fights it all. The best thing about this herb is that you can use it as a substitute for your skin creams. It will make your skin supple, bright and moisturise it as well.
Just apply the Aloe Vera gel directly on the affected areas of the body. Try it on before you go in to the sun to protect your skin from sun damage.
Turmeric has been used since ancient times in India. It is known for its anti-microbial and skin brightening properties. It heals the inflammation and wounds as well. The yellow tinge that turmeric leaves on the skin makes it a little less popular; But you can mix it with other ingredients so that the skin does not look yellow after you have used turmeric.
Preferably, use raw turmeric and grind it yourself. Take no more than half a teaspoon and add it to curd or gram flour. Add some milk to make prepare a paste. Apply it and wash off after 30-40 minutes.
Have you ever tried a fresh fruit facial? If you have, then you must have also noticed that papaya happens to be the main fruit used in these facials. That is because it is an elixir for skin. Papaya is rich in alpha hydroxy acid which makes it a great cleansing agent. It cools and regulates the melanin production.
Grind a ripe papaya to obtain half a bowl of pulp, add a spoonful of lemon juice and sandalwood powder in it. Apply and let it dry for about 45 minutes. Wash off with water.
Gram flour is the base ingredient for many face packs. It has tan removing and skin tightening properties. Gram flour is also a great base for mixing other ingredients like sandalwood, honey, curd and turmeric that can help with the sunburns.
It can be used either as a pack or a scrub. For scrub, add a spoon of granulated sugar, honey and milk to gram flour. Apply on the face. As soon as it dries, gently begin to scrub it off. You can make a pack of gram flour by simply adding honey, curd and turmeric to gram flour. Wash it off with plain water as it dries up.
Go out in the sun with a fabulous skin and confidence to match with it! With these remedies under your hat, the sun burn is going to become least of your worries. So try and find the one that suits you the best.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.