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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