5 Natural At Home Remedies For Sunburn

Our skin changes color when it’s hit by the sun – for some it’s browning, and for others, it turns out in a shade of red. Even though everyone has different skin, which appears to react differently to the sun, it doesn’t exclude anybody from sun damage. That’s why, no matter your skin tone, you should protect yourself using SPF moisturizers and sunblocks.

However, there are factors that increase your chance of skin damage from the sun.

The skin contains something called melanin, which pigments the skin. People with darker skin have more melanin than those with pale skin, and melanin helps to block out the UV rays. This is why people with paler skin are more likely to experience unpleasant sunburn.

Why Do We Love The Sun?

The sun tends to make us feel happier, and there’s a reason behind it! Spending time outdoors has become rarer as people spend more time indoors looking at screens, which got scientists thinking about how exposure to natural light can affect a person’s body and mind.

It turns out that the sun can directly impact your mood! If you’re spending more time in the dark, or with artificial light, your metabolism changes, which has a knock-on effect on your immune system, your energy levels, your weight, and your mood.

Natural light is responsible for producing the hormone, melatonin. Melatonin helps us to get to sleep, which is also important for our mental and physical health! Without exposure to sunlight, we produce less melatonin, so really, you should be spending time outside to ensure you get a good night’s kip!

But What About Too Much Sun?

Sun damage can range from a mild burn to dangerous territory. In the long run, overexposure to the sun without protection, for a prolonged period of time, puts you at risk of developing skin disease and increase the chance of getting skin cancer. In the short term, it causes excessive itching and redness, which can be extremely painful – even the touch of a t-shirt on it can cause a sharp sting!

Sun exposure is also the leading cause of aging skin. The UV rays can dry out the skin, and reduce the amount of collagen in the skin, which is what keeps it plump and youthful. Without collagen, the skin is prone to getting wrinkles and sagging. Using products with SPF in them will protect your skin from aging as well as skin damage, so make sure you include it in your skincare routine!

Sunburn and sun damage results in having dry skin, which can crack and peel at the surface, and in worse cases that can leave skin prone to infection. The skin becomes inflamed and irritable, and also causes the skin to turn red in pigmentation.

Do You Love The Sun?

We shouldn’t refrain from getting outside and spending time at the beach, in the garden or walking around the city, we should embrace the nice weather! But being sensible will help you to protect your skin from discomfort and the dangers of UV rays. Sunblocks are easily available to protect you from burning, so invest in a good one for your face, and another for your body that is exposed to the sunlight!

Unfortunately, the sun can get past our sunblock. The sun is incredibly strong, it can even penetrate us through the clouds on those darker days! That’s why even the more careful of us find ourselves with skin feeling tight and coarse, and painful to touch.

Well, here at Organica we love to know how to look after our skin, and even more so if we can care for it using natural ingredients! So, we’ve found 5 things that you might even find in your kitchen, that can help relieve the pain and color of sunburn!

Home Remedies For Sunburn

1. Yogurt

Natural yogurt is able to reduce redness and soothe skin because it contains probiotics and lactic acid. Plain, full-fat yogurt is the best for treating sunburn. Apply it to the burnt areas softly, and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool or tepid water, so you don’t irritate the already burned skin.

2. Oatmeal

It might feel a bit strange, but oatmeal is excellent for relieving dry, itchy skin and reducing inflammation. The skin becomes inflamed when it is trying to heal from a burn. Oatmeal is, in fact, a natural anti-inflammatory! The easiest way to soak your skin in oatmeal is by blending up a cup of the dry oats and throwing it into a bath of water. Remember, don’t use hot water! It will only hurt the skin more.

3. Essential Oils

They don’t only smell and feel nice, but a lot of essential oils have healing powers! Sunburn is damage to the skin, so giving it something to heal it is the kindest thing you can do. Many have anti-inflammatory properties, such as tea tree oil and geranium oil.

Lavender is one of our favorite essential oils, and here’s why! Lavender encourages the regeneration of skin and promotes the immune function, which helps to heal the skin. It has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, all reducing pain, redness and swelling of damaged skin.

Rosehip oil is also a well-known healer of damaged skin! It boosts skin cell renewal and repair, while also hydrating the dry skin. Rosehip oil can be applied to damaged skin daily, to help recover the broken skin, and also reduce any scars left from damage. Try Organica’s Rosehip Oil, to treat damaged or scarred skin – it smells and feels amazing! And if you don’t like it, we offer a 90-day money back guarantee.

4. Watermelon and Orange

Staying hydrated on the inside is one way to help your body recover, including your skin! But you can sweeten it up a little – rather than drinking water, try eating some watery fruits, such as watermelon and oranges. Not only do they hydrate you, but they also contain nutrients such as Vitamin C, which encourages healing.

5. Moisturizers

Certain moisturizers will be more effective in healing burned skin. Finding ones that contain ingredients such as coconut oil, lavender oil or aloe vera will speed up the healing process. Your skin needs moisture in order to heal from sunburn because the skin is dehydrated! Aloe vera is a popular natural treatment for sunburn, as it is super soothing, especially if you put in the refrigerator before! The cool gel will give instant relief to the painful areas. 

Final Thoughts 

Sun damage isn’t something to glance over. The UV rays have the ability to penetrate our skin, which can cause long term destruction of skin cells and ruin the pigmentation of your skin! Decreasing your chances of sunburn are the best way to look after your skin, but sometimes sunburn can’t be helped. Try these home remedies for sunburn next time it happens! Let us know if you’ve ever tried these, and what other home remedies you use for your sunburn.

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