Today’s Solutions: November 26, 2021

A couple weeks ago we shared a guide to buying safe sunscreen, but even if you’ve been layering it on, most of us will get at least one sunburn this summer. For fair- and medium-skin-toned individuals, burns can be barely there pink to red, tender to the touch, and feel dry. On darker-toned individuals, skin may feel hot, overly sensitive, or simply itchy. If you spent a bit too much time indulging in sunshine, don’t worry, here are 5 tips to clear that burn up in no time!

  1. Aloe vera. Known as the original sunburn soother, this incredibly hydrating anti-inflammatory plant can actually help heal sunburns faster due to its high antioxidant levels. Make sure to get 100 percent aloe, rather than gels, to avoid potentially damaging fragrances and additives. 
  2. Oatmeal. This one is not just for breakfast. It’s anti-inflammatory properties make it great for relieving redness and painful sunburn symptoms such as itchiness and dryness. 
  3. Cold compress. Not only will this soothe your need for cool relief, it will also constrict your blood vessels to reduce inflammation. You can use a cold pack or toss your aloe in the fridge to hit two birds with one stone. 
  4. Green tea. Add green tea to a cool bath for a blood vessel constricting sunburn soak. 
  5. Manuka honey. This common DIY ingredient has many anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe redness. Its smooth, gentle texture will offer relief as soon as you slather some on. 

These easy sunburn soothers are great solutions to have on hand as we head into the summer season! Natural remedies can offer much needed relief after a long day in the sun, but wearing protective clothing and sunscreen is vital for protecting yourself from harmful burns in the first place.

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