Summer's here at last and the hottest day of the year so far has bathed our shores. With the sunshine, for many it was straight out into the warmth and excitement of the seaside at the first available moment; But now you may be coping with the after-effect from overexposure to the sun - the 'Lobster Effect' has left its mark. Using after-sun is one way to ease the pain, but here are some natural sunburn remedies to consider also.
1. A milk/yoghurt compress
The combined action of proteins and pH levels in dairy products creates an inflammatory effect on sunburnt skin. A face mask made with natural yoghurt, or using a milk-ice-water mixture (equal parts) dabbed gently, using a soft cloth to bring relief to other body areas affected by the sun.
2. An oatmeal bath
Oatmeal has natural anti-inflammatory properties which is used in many beauty treatments for the body – making it suitable to treat sunburnt skin, also. An oatmeal bath regenerates your body if 'lobster-effect' has set in; To prepare: Blitz a cup (150g) of rolled porridge oats to a fine powder in a blender/ food processor & add it to a running bath, then immerse yourself in the water to feel its benefits.
3. Witch hazel
Available in most local pharmacies (Pharmacy Brand) & health shops ; witch hazel contains polyphenols called ‘tannins’ which work to reduce swelling and repair damaged skin. To apply: soak cotton wool in a bowl of witch hazel (follow instructions carefully about the amount used, usually 1.5-2mls), then dab it to the affected areas of skin. Witch hazel gel may also be suitable, but check with your pharmacist before use.
4. Coconut oil
The latest wonder ingredient for cooking, your hair and to add to its qualities, it can contribute to easing impact of sunburn. Coconut Oil contains high levels of fatty acids, which normally assist in skin cell renewal and regeneration, but in this situation will provide a soothing restorative moisture to sun-damaged skin.
5. Aloe vera
Aloe vera, the plant which has and continues to be synonymous with treating sunburn. Due to its natural healing properties, Aloe Vera not only soothes the skin but also can speed up the healing process. If you have an Aloe Vera plant, it's liquid from the leaves is the most natural form, alternatively purchase an over-the-counter Aloe Vera solution. Apply carefully to the affected areas.