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One relaxing activity I enjoy the most in San Diego is spending time at beautiful beaches. Last weekend, I went overboard and stayed a bit longer than I should have. Although I tried to shield myself from the blazing sun, I failed to protect my shoulders from an inevitable sunburn. Also Read - Will Covid-19 Pandemic Eventually Turn Into An Endemic Stage? Watch Video To Find Out
Sunscreen may seem like a perfect remedy for preventing and treating sunburns for those having fun in the sun this summer, but there is more than meets the eye when it comes to this delicate and often painful skin problem. Also Read - 5 Easy Lifestyle Tips To Deal With Hernia
According to the Mayo Clinic, sunburn develops in response to overexposure to the sun’s UV rays. A sunburn can appear within a few hours after sun exposure and may last as long as several weeks. The red spots, inflammation or blistering you see on top of the skin is only an indication of the internal damage caused to the tissue underneath. A sunburn is a deep-rooted problem which needs a remedy that will penetrate through the deepest layers of the skin and treat your body from within without causing any side effects—which means that skin creams are not enough to fight and treat these types of burns.
One common faux paus in treating sunburns is the use of ice cubes as a quick home remedy to alleviate the redness—but this is a big no-no! Experts at Mayo Clinic suggest that putting ice on a sunburn can cause frostbite and damage the skin.
However, there are several skin-healing remedies in Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of medical science that originated in the Vedic culture of India.
Here are a few simple ones that will help you fight that awful and painful sunburn:
1. Aloe vera
This soothing plant has a myriad of benefits and is most effective when used in its natural form. Rub aloe vera gel onto the affected area and leave it on the skin, letting it be naturally absorbed—repeat the process every day for better results. Another great summer use of aloe vera is to drink its juice, which can help prevent dehydration during summer. And, if you are well-hydrated, your skin will also glow!
2. Cucumber and lemon juice
The cooling nature of cucumber is helpful in reducing the pain and redness of a sunburn. Crush one cucumber into a paste, add two tablespoons of lemon juice, and apply onto the skin with cotton. Leave this mixture on for 15 minutes and wash.
This refreshing summer fruit has innumerable benefits. Eating watermelon is extremely beneficial for your health during summer, but do not throw away the watermelon rind after cutting out the delicious part! Rub the fleshy part of the watermelon rind to your skin–this calms your skin and helps tone down blisters or redness caused by sunburns.
4. Sandalwood and Turmeric
The natural oils in sandalwood help clear the skin and allow it to glow. In addition, turmeric has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Mix an equal amount of sandalwood and turmeric with rose water and apply this cooling paste to the sunburn.
5. Coconut oil
Coconut oil has natural skin protection factors. Apply this oil to the sunburn every day—it will help soothe the skin surface and prevent redness and rashes.