Prevention is the key to burn-free skin| but sometimes SPF lotion and a cute hat don’t stand up to the Summer sun. Once you’ve been burned| start out by replenishing your fluids from the inside out by drinking plenty of water. If you’re still in pain ¡ª or looking a little fried ¡ª then try out one (or a combination) of the following natural sunburn remedies to soothe your skin naturally.
Colloidal oatmeal: Think that oatmeal baths are just for kids with chicken pox? You won’t be saying so once you’ve soaked in some milky oatmeal after a long day in the sun. But tossing the rolled oats from your kitchen into the tub won’t do. Look for a colloidal oatmeal bath like this Aveeno Oatmeal Bath ($7) that calms down and works to heal inflamed skin.
Vitamin C: Instead of popping aspirin| upping your vitamin C can help alleviate sunburn damage. “I tell my patients to take 1|000 milligrams [of vitamin C] for three days| as opposed to the recommended daily allowance of 75 milligrams| and also apply the vitamin topically|” says dermatologist Mary Lupo| MD. She suggests Philosophy’s Turbo Booster C Powder ($35) as a topical solution for sunburn woes.
Aloe vera: Aloe vera is king of the natural remedies. Whether you have an inexpensive gel lotion or a fresh plant at home| aloe vera will help soothe your skin naturally| since it contains nutrients that heal your skin back to health and prevent infection simultaneously. To heighten the cooling sensation| refrigerate your aloe vera gel before you apply.
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