There are many things to love about summer, from the warm weather to the long hours of sunlight. However, along with the suddenly sunny weather comes a less-enjoyable phenomenon: the sunburn. Whether you’ve been lounging by the pool at a luxury building like Missoni Baia or just suffered a burn walking from your apartment to work, sunburns can feel virtually inevitable during the summer.
The good news?
It’s easy to heal your sunburn in almost no time, taking the sting out of the summer weather and getting you back to feeling like yourself in no time. Not sure how to start? Just follow these easy tips:
Drink lots of water
One of the easiest ways to heal your sunburned skin is from the inside out. Unfortunately, sunburns tend to go hand-in-hand with dehydration, but luckily, drinking adequate water can help reduce the effects of both ailments. Drinking water can help hydrate you fast, making you feel better from head to toe, and it can also reduce inflammation throughout your body, taking some of the sting out of that burn in no time.
One of the most effective ways to treat a sunburn is also the easiest. The gel from aloe vera plants—notoriously easy-to-care-for succulents with a wide variety of medicinal purposes—is perfect for applying topically to a sunburn. Aloe not only cools the skin, making a burn feel less painful, its unique mix of nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and E, helps prevent scarring and discoloration, as well.
Use arnica cream
That same homeopathic remedy you use for a nasty bruise can also do wonders when it comes to healing a burn. Arnica montana cream can help take the sting and redness out of a burn quickly, helping your skin heal fast and preventing blotchiness and infection as the burn heals.
Cool your skin with witch hazel
That bottle of witch hazel your grandmother used as a nightly toner might just come in handy for that sunburn, too. Witch hazel is a great remedy for cooling the skin in a safe way after suffering a sunburn. Just make sure that you follow up with aloe or a moisturizer, as well; witch hazel on its own has a reputation for making skin feel tight.
Take a bath with some apple cider vinegar
You’ve likely heard that apple cider vinegar can cure a laundry list of health issues, but did you know it can also treat sunburns? If you have a nasty burn to treat, try taking a cool bath in apple cider vinegar. This will not only help lower your body temperature, it will also help soothe inflamed skin.
While it may be difficult to avoid sunburns entirely, there’s hope when you want to heal them quickly, minimize damage to your skin, and feel better fast. Use these all-natural tricks to get rid of that sunburn in virtually no time at all—and the next time you hit the beach, make sure to slather on the sunscreen.
What are your favorite natural remedies for sunburn?
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Guest post by Candice Schaffer