The mere thought of sunburn is enough to make your entire body cringe. The damage the sun can do to your skin can range from moderate to severe. And yes, people of color are subject to suffering from sunburn too. Although sunburn may seem like a temporary condition, a serious result from the skin receiving too much ultraviolet (UV) rays, can ultimately cause long lasting damage to the skin.
What are the Ways to Treat Sunburn?
It is very important to treat sunburn as soon as possible. Remove yourself from out of the sun immediately once your realize you have been over exposed and have noticed sunburn. To help heal and soothe your skin there are several things that you can do to provide as much comfort as possible.
- Take cool showers or bathes to remove any chlorine, salt water or sand that may be lingering and causing more irritation, and help relieve the pain.
- The sun takes moisture from the skin so use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy to help soothe your skin while it’s damp. Aloe can be used straight from the plant, or in juice or ointment form, aloe vera is wonderful at reducing pain and inflammation while heading off unsightly peeling.
- Try our Aloe Papaya Moringa Oil Facial Moisturizer.
- Replenish your fluids and drink extra water to hydrate your skin.
- Only after advisement from your Physician, it has been recommended to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pill like ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce inflammation.
- Allow blisters to heal properly if your skin develops blisters.
DIY Soothing Face and Body Masks
Applying sunscreen products are important and necessary to limit results of sunburn to the skin. We suggest trying our such as our Melan-In Skin Nourishing Lotion+ MPF. However, sometimes no matter how diligent you are in being proactive to avoid the ramifications of sunburn, you can still end up getting it. There are some DIY remedies to help soothe your skin and keep it healthy. These refreshing face or body masks are easy to make and require only simple kitchen ingredients. For best results, apply it to clean and dry skin, after a shower or bath, and leave it on the skin for about 15-30 minutes.
- Try using a cool compress soaked in skim milk, egg whites or green tea. The proteins in milk and egg whites coat and calm the burn while green tea reduces inflammation.
- Mash ½ ripe avocados to a fine creamy texture and add 2 tsp. honey and ½ tsp, coconut oil to it. Apply it all over your face and keep it on for 15 minutes until dry. Wash off your skin with warm water and dab dry with a towel.
- Beat hung curds with watermelon juice and almond paste (soaked and grinded) to make a thick creamy mixture. Spread it evenly on your face after coming from the sun. Let it dry for a while. Put sliced cucumbers on your eyes while you relax. Wash it off your skin by rubbing gently with cool water.