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I hope that everyone had a fun and safe holiday weekend! And if your weekend was anything like mine, then you spent plenty of time in the sunshine. While those early summer days are oh-so-enjoyable, they can sometime leave you with an unwanted souvenir… a sunburn! I was able to avoid the burn this time around (mostly because the majority of my time was spent hiding under a giant floppy hat + umbrella while reapplying sunscreen hourly), but for the less protected, I’ve provided some suggestions for after the damage has been done:
Here are a few tips on how to deal with those less than desirable sunburns…
- Take Vitamin E to reduce inflammation from your sunburn.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
- Eat foods high in vitamin c (citrus fruits, strawberries, spinach), beta-carotene (chili peppers, kale, carrots), vitamin E (nuts, olives) or flax seed oil.
- Sliced cucumbers or cold wet tea bags help soothe and extract the sting.
- Take a cool shower.
- Avoid using any harsh soaps + perfumes on sunburned area.
- Keep skin moisturized. Try using a lotion with shea butter or palm oils for extra moisture.
Here are my favorite “Kitchen Beautician” remedies for a mild sunburn…
- Mix lavender oil and water together in a small spray bottle and keep it in your refrigerator. Mist your skin throughout the day to soothe the burn.
- Aloe vera can relive the pain of a sunburn. Try filling an ice tray with aloe vera and freezing it. Rub the frozen cubes onto the burn area.
- Mix baking soda into your bath and soak for about 15 minutes. Let skin air dry instead of drying off with a towel.
- Witch hazel has been known to reduce inflammation. It can be applied to a burn with a cotton ball or added to a bath.