Sunburn is commonly seen in people who spend too much time outdoors. This is caused by too much exposure to UV rays, which can cause the skin to become red and swollen.
Here are some natural ways to treat sunburns.
Dip the compress in either cold water, aluminum acetate, or witch hazel. If you decide to use cold water, go for plain water from the faucet or add a few ice cubes. Dip the cloth in it and then apply it over the burnt area. Keep on doing this every time the cloth warms. Make sure to apply it on the burnt skin many times a day, making sure to wet it every ten to fifteen minutes.
If you choose to use aluminum acetate, you can try mixing Domeboro’s powder packets with water. You can buy these packets in drugstores. The aluminum acetate in the powder will help prevent the skin from drying up or becoming itchy.
If you decide to use the witch hazel astringent, use cotton balls and dip them into the liquid and then apply them on the inflamed area.
Regardless of what you decide to use, directing the fan on the affected area will help reduce the treatment time.
Apply Common Kitchen Foods
There are an array of foods that you can use to treat sunburn.
Wrap dry oatmeal in cheesecloth or gauze then run cool water through it. Throw away the oatmeal and soak the compress in the liquid. Make sure you apply this over the burnt area every two to four hours.
Mix 1 cup of fat-free milk with four cups of water, then add a couple of ice cubes along with it. Apply the compress for fifteen to twenty minutes and make sure to repeat this every two to four hours.
Apply the yogurt over the affected areas. Rinse these off when you shower, then gently pat your skin dry.
Boil some lecture leaves in water. Strain, then put the liquid in a refrigerator to let it cool down for many hours. When they are ready, dip cotton balls into the liquid and gently press and wipe the burnt area of the skin.
Mix it with water enough to make a paste and then apply it directly on inflamed areas of your skin.
Choose a method that you feel comfortable using. Better yet, prevent yourself from getting sunburns by taking the right steps in tanning yourself, while protecting your skin from the bad effects of UV rays.