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Stay away from sunburn this summer

Deepika Rathod

A suntan is body’s way of blocking the UV rays to prevent sunburn and other skin damage because of harmful sunrays.

Eventually, UV light causes the skin to burn, bringing pain, redness, and swelling. Sun burn can happen on cool, hazy or cloudy days. Besides tanning or burning, a lot of people also get uneven patches of colour or freckles. Skin is exposed to the sun for a period of time, eventually it burns, turning red and irritated. Sunburn skin turns red and hurts. If it is severe, can develop swelling and sunburn blisters. There can be symptoms of flu — feverish, with chills, nausea, headache, and weakness too. Few days later, the skin will start peeling which causes itching since body tries to get rid of sun-damaged cells. Here are few home remedies to help you stay away from sunburn:

 Cold Compress: Apply cold compresses to the skin or take a cool bath to soothe the burn.

 Essential Oil: Add some lavender or chamomile essential oil to the bath to help relieve some of the stinging and pain. Rubbing coriander oil onto sunburned skin may reduce inflammation.

 Baking Soda: Add 2 cups of baking soda to the bath to help ease irritation and redness from sunburn.

 Potato Peel: Boil and mash some peeled potatoes, let cool, and apply as a dressing to sunburned areas. It is believed that the starch in the potatoes helps draw out heat, which can reduce pain and speed healing.

 Cucumber: Cucumbers have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties. Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected sunburned areas including the face. Cucumber also can be soothing for peeling skin following sunburn.

 Vitamin E Oil: Vitamin E is an antioxidant and can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin or take a regular dose of the supplement. Vitamin E oil also can be rubbed onto peeling skin.

 Raw Honey: Raw honey works as a natural antibiotic and helps trap moisture in the skin, which is essential for treating sunburn. Plus, an enzyme present in honey helps repair damaged skin. Honey also decreases inflammation and swelling associated with sunburn. Also, eat one tablespoon of honey with a glass of lukewarm water three times a day to boost the immune system and speed up healing. Apply a thin layer of natural honey on the affected skin and allow it to dry on its own. As the moisture in the honey is absorbed into the skin, it will speed up healing and minimise pain. Apply honey two or three times daily for a week.

Hope these tips help you to stay away from the harmful rays, Drink plenty of water and other fluids so that body is not dehydrated. Until sunburn heals, stay out of the sun. Once the initial sunburn has calmed down with cold press coconut virgin oil can be used as a skin moisturiser. The sun is the most powerful and damaging when at its highest point that is between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., it is at its strongest, so make sure when you step outside.


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