For fair skinned girls, the excitement of summer comes with one unfortunate drawback – horrible, painful SUNBURN! Short of using SPF 100 (or avoiding the sun entirely), it’s almost a guarantee that at least one painful bout with sunburn will occur.
Fear not! Here are some natural ways to not only refresh your sore skin, but rejuvenate it as well:
Green Tea: Not only is it delicious, green tea has a million different uses, including alleviating that awful sting caused by that lazy afternoon snooze in the sun. Simply boil a pot of green tea, allow it to cool and apply to the burned areas using a cloth. Make sure to just dab, rubbing will only aggravate the skin even further.
Aloe: This one is pretty obvious, but it certainly does the job! For best results, be sure to keep it cool. Not only will it feel better while it’s being applied, it’ll last longer!
Baking Soda: This stuff is really amazing! Take half a cup and add it to a lukewarm bath. Soak for a while and let it really seep in. The great thing about this is that the baking soda will help keep your skin properly moisturized so it can heal quicker.
Cucumber Slices: This tasty veggie provides a delicious cooling sensation when applied to skin that’s spent way too much time outdoors. Simply cut think slices and rub directly onto the skin.
Yogurt: Evidently it’s good for many things, sunburn being one of them! Take some plain yogurt and simply spread it over the affected areas. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse off. Not only will the coolness of the yogurt provide a wonderful, soothing effect, but the bacteria will help your skin heal properly, as well as retaining it’s moisture.
Tomato Juice: Not only is it amazing for retaining hair color that’s been exposed to too much chlorine, it works great for sunburn as well! It’s the same process as you would use with the baking soda, simply add two cups of the tomato juice to a lukewarm bath and soak. If you prefer a more natural solution, simply dice a tomato and apply it directly to the burned areas.
Strawberries: Oddly enough, this one is really good for sensitive areas that have been overexposed to the sun, specifically the face and neck area. Simply puree strawberries in a blender and apply directly to the face. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and rinse off. (Not only is it effective, it smells yummy!)
Witch Hazel: This is a useful remedy for sunburn; simply apply directly to the skin.