Natural Sunburn Care Guide
Ideally sunburn prevention is best, but even the most proactive people can be fooled by heavy cloud cover or cooler temperatures by the water and suffer a nasty sunburn. Here are some after-care suggestions.
- Rehydrate as much as possible afterwards- purified water is best
- Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits to counteract the cell damage
- Supplement with Vitamin C, E, carotenoids and essential fatty acids to speed healing and cell regeneration
- Try any of the following external applications: Aloe Vera, Swedish bitters, lavender and chamomile essential oils, apple cider vinegar soaked towel wraps, black tea soaked towel wraps, Rosehip oil (has been used in burn units to speed healing), baking soda bath (1cup or more per tub), Epsom salt bath, yogurt paste, crème, milk, avocado or olive oil (all rich in fats), cucumber or raw potato slices
- Severe sunburn causing skin blisters and breaks should not have anything applied to them besides cool water. A cool 20 minute shower helps take out the heat (do not apply ice…it does not cool skin as effectively as water). Appling a colloidal silver solution may help prevent infection but anything else will just irritate the skin. Aloe Vera may be good as it can help remoisturize, however since the skin is not able to hold on to the moisture, frequent reapplication is needed. Instead of trying to provide oils from the outside, ingest good quality essential fatty acids to provide quicker cell healing. Wait for skin to close before applying other external remedies.