With the summer season here at last, I thought it might be useful to remind everyone about a few inexpensive, natural ways you could soothe skin which has been overexposed to the sun’s damaging UV rays.
Generally, most of us start the right way. Before we hit for the beach we apply our SPF 30 (at least) and if it says on the label water proof, then, we assume we are set for the entire day and going in and out of water would not affect being protected.
Just in case, if you do go in the water and especially if after you did you dried off your body using a towel, please reapply the SPF.
Falling asleep while reading at the beach seems to be an all time favorite and as a result, burned shoulders and back abund.
If for one reason or another your delicate skin is burned from overexposure to sun, try the following:
Take a bath in lukewarm water. Add some regular oatmeal to the water or even better, an Aveno oatmeal bath packet, available at all pharmacies.
After you bathe, do not rub the already irritated skin, but pat gently or let dry naturally.
On the dried skin you may simply apply cold, plain yogurt and keep it on the affected areas for about 10 minutes, then wash it off gently.
If you choose to apply cold compresses, do not apply ice directly to the inflamed skin, as it will irritate it further.
Aloe Vera gel is an all time saver! If you have a fresh plant, cut the leaf and apply on the affected skin only the clear slimy gel found inside the leaf. Or buy Aloe Vera gel at the pharmacy and apply as directed.
Another all time remedy is well diluted apple cider vinegar.
Personally, I’d first go for the yogurt, cold compresses or aloe solutions, which I tried personally and they work.
Whatever your choice, please do not rub, irritate, or overexpose further the burned areas. The worst it could happen is that the area gets infected and that leads to further complications.
Enjoy the Sun, soak all the vitamin D you need and stay cool and safe!