We’ve all experienced painful sunburn at some point in our lives. Sunburn signs and symptoms can range from red hot skin that is tender or painful to touch to nausea, dehydration, blistering, and flaking or peeling of the skin, depending on whether the sunburn is experienced personally or by a close family member or friend.
Anyone who has had a serious sunburn can attest to the fact that the amount of time spent creating the sunburn is vastly outweighed by the amount of time spent experiencing the effects of the sunburn.
In this regard, and depending on the degree of the burn, pain and discomfort can last for several days as the body heals and recovers from the unprotected UV exposure.
Unless your symptoms are severe (in which case you should seek medical help), there are five simple home remedies that will help you relieve the sting and ache of sunburn for next to nothing:
1. Cool baths
One of the finest ways to take heat from the skin and relieve the agony and discomfort of sunburn is to soak in a chilly bath. (Avoid the word ‘cold,’ as it can put the body into shock.) Here are some other things you may add to your baths to help you relax even more:
a. Toss about 10 drops of chamomile or lavender essential oil into the bath. Soak for 15 minutes, or until you feel relieved.
b. A lukewarm bath with baking soda (or oatmeal) can also help ease sunburn pain. To get the best results from this therapy, make sure that all of the affected regions are soaked.
Using your hands or a soft washcloth, pour bath water over your body. Burned portions of the face can be wiped gently with the cloth, or you can splash water directly on your face. After soaking, massage the skin with a gentle towel to remove excess moisture (preferably cotton).
If convenient,allow the oatmeal to remain on your skin after the oatmeal bath, for a hour.
c. Adding vinegar to your bath water can help relieve the sting of a sunburn.
2. Rubbing alcohol
Because rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly, wiping it on sunburned skin will quickly chill and relieve the agony.
Vinegar is an efficient and cooling sunburn therapy. To use, soak cloths in it and apply to burned areas. Fill a spray bottle with the solution and spray it directly on the skin as needed.
4. Egg Whites
If your burn is very intense, separate the white from the yolk of an egg and put the white over the damaged area to cool it down quickly. Repeat this as often as necessary.
Potatoes can also be used to soothe sunburned skin. Take 2 potatoes and thoroughly wash them. To liquefy them, cut them into little chunks and toss them in a blender. (Add extra water if the product appears to be too dry.)
Potato juice should be applied to the affected regions. Wait until it’s completely dry before rinsing off in a cool shower or bath.
Remember that, in addition to producing varied degrees of discomfort and anguish, sunburn accelerates the aging process and increases the risk of cataracts and skin cancer. As a result, prevention should always be considered superior to therapy!
Are there any additional variables that make me more vulnerable?
You’re more likely to become sunburned if you:
#1 Light skin, freckles, blue eyes, and red or blonde hair are all desirable features.
#2 Live or spend time near the equator or at a high altitude.
#3 Swim on a regular basis in the open air.
#4 Spend a lot of time on the water doing things like boating, fishing, and paddleboarding.
#5 Regularly tan.
#6 Work in the open air.
Is sunburn harmful in the long term?
#1 Sunburns are more likely to cause skin damage if they happen frequently. Exposure to harmful UV rays on a regular basis can lead to the following conditions:
#2 Cataracts may result from eye injury.
#3 Precancerous skin lesions, such as scaly, rough areas, can lead to skin cancer.
#4 Age spots, freckles, red veins, wrinkles, and drooping are all signs of premature skin aging.
#5 Skin cancer, particularly on the arms, back, ears, face, and legs, which are the most exposed to the sun. Skin malignancies might manifest itself as pink scaly areas, localized sores that don’t heal, or multicolored lesions that can spread to internal organs.