It’s summer-time, and that means lots of time in the sun. Here are 3 steps to naturally soothe your sun-kissed skin and keep it healthy.
The first few weeks of summer break for my family usually mean a lot of time spent outdoors. We camp, head to the lake or beach, spend time at the pool, and BBQ with friends. After a winter indoors with our skin covered, this naturally results in a sunburn or two early in the season.
We don’t want those to spoil our fun, though, so we have built up an arsenal of natural remedies to help soothe our sun-kissed skin.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
One of the first pieces of advice I can give when it comes to getting a sunburn is to be sure to drink plenty of water. Sun burns dehydrate the body, so not only do you need to moisturize your skin, but you need to make sure you’re staying plenty hydrated.
To put it into perspective, I normally aim for about 70 oz of water a day, but after a sunburn, I make it a point to get 100+ oz. Skip your dehydrating cocktails and coffee, and focus on water for at least the first day to make sure you keep your body hydrated so it can start to heal.
2. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Skin
ACV has a lot of known benefits, but one I recently learned was that it can help soothe irritated skin after too much sun.
To use apple cider vinegar to soothe your skin, get a washcloth wet with cool water and place it on the affected areas. Then add apple cider vinegar and be sure to apply it everywhere. Within about a minute you’ll be able to tell. Remove your washcloths and allow your skin to dry totally. Then, apply the after-sun cream below liberally for a few days.
3. Use Essential Oils with Lots of Skin Benefits
I always like to apply lavender, because it’s such a soothing oil. Frankincense is also great, because it promotes healthy cell growth. Combine those two with a moisturizing carrier oil like coconut oil or sweet almond oil, and you’ve got the perfect moisturizer for your skin after a day in the sun.
My favorite after-sun recipe is a combination of lavender, frankincense, coconut oil, and fresh aloe vera. I mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with 2-3 drops of each essential oil and apply it every few hours for the first few days while my skin heals.
Naturally, the best treatment for sunburns is to just avoid them altogether. That’s typically my goal, but with extremely fair skin that burns easily, I’ve had my fair share of burns even after applying liberal sunscreen. It’s especially bad early in the summer, when my skin isn’t used to the strong rays.
By using these three steps, I normally see pretty quick results. Of course, that will vary, based on the severity of your burns and what type of skin you have, but these are some great steps to try to help take the sting out of your next burn!