The right reflex in case of sunburn
The first thing to do after sunburn is hydrated. Drink plenty of water, preferably at room temperature to avoid heat shock.
Then, to stop the burn, and cool the skin, apply cold to the area to be treated: a very cool moisturizing gel, cool water compresses …
You can also soak compresses of black tea steeped in water. The tannic acid it contains will help reduce the heat of the burn and speed up the healing process.
Baking soda for sunburn relief
If you get a lot of sunburn, run a lukewarm water bath, mix in 5 tablespoons of baking soda, and dive into it. Stay there for about twenty minutes, rinse yourself with clear, cool water, get out and dab your skin gently with a towel.
And if you don’t have a bathtub, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl of cool water and put compresses in it. Apply the soaked compresses on your skin and leave on for about fifteen minutes. Repeat the operation up to 3 times a day to calm the fire of the burn.
The homeopathic solution against sunburn
If your skin is red, burning and can be relieved by cold weather, take APIS MELLIFICA 5 CH 3 granules 5 times a day.
Is your skin red, hot, painful and your mucous membranes dry? Opt for 2 granules of BELLADONNA 5 CH 3 times a day.
If you have blisters with a burning sensation, take 3 granules 5 times a day of CANTHARIS 15 CH. Space the outlets little by little as soon as there is improvement.
Aromatherapy: essential oils for sunburn
If you were to have only one essential oil with you during the summer, you should opt for the essential oil of lavender aspic. Among its many assets, we find its ability to relieve a burn. In case of sunburn, mix about ten drops of essential oil of lavender aspic with a tablespoon of vegetable oil (argan or sweet almond), and apply the preparation on the burnt area, in light massages. You can renew the application 2 or 3 times a day, staying well in the shade!
The best remedy, if you can, is to mix a few drops of lavender aspic essential oil in an oily macerate of St. John’s Wort. Be careful, this oil is photosensitizing, so it is preferably applied in the evening before going to bed.
Once the skin is soothed, to help it regenerate, mix 3 drops of niaouli essential oil in 1 tablespoon of calophyllum vegetable oil. Apply it several times throughout the day, protecting yourself from the sun’s rays.
Honey and aloe vera also work to relieve sunburn
To soothe the skin, and prevent it from peeling, apply fresh aloe vera gel (if you have this plant at home, cut a leaf and apply the gel directly to the skin). You can also apply honey. Leave on for 15 minutes, or at best, leave on overnight with compresses on it.
The best is still to be wary of received ideas about the sun, to protect yourself well with suitable sunscreens and not to expose yourself to the hottest hours of the day. And if you go for a walk, protect your face with a hat or cap.
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