Have you ever experienced swimming in the summer and when the fun almost winds up, you just notice you got sunburn? Many of you have probably experienced similar situations in the past. I myself have experienced getting sunburn many times, not only during the summer but at other times of the year. Aside from food-related stuffs, I also like doing outdoor activities whenever I have the chance and when I do, I sometimes end up going home with a sunburned skin.
Sunburn can be irritating, itchy and painful, especially the second degree sunburn which is more serious than first degree sunburn. While it is general knowledge that prolonged exposure under the sun can trigger this condition, some people are still careless about going out without skin protection. But even with your best efforts of protecting your skin, sunburn is inevitable sometimes. If you do have sunburn, you could try the following home remedies to help soothe your symptoms:
- Potato Paste
Throughout the years, potatoes have a good reputation as an effective pain reliever for minor skin problems including scratches, skin irritations, bites and burns. It also has inflammatory properties that can help reduce the swelling.
To make potato paste, put a large sliced potato in the blender. Give it a swirl until it has liquid consistency. If it is too dry, add a little water to the mixture and swirl again. Transfer the potato paste in a bowl and then soak some cotton balls in it. Gently apply the cotton balls on the affected area without rubbing the skin. Let the paste sit for several minutes before rinsing.
Many people have already proven the effectiveness of vinegar for sunburn. Among the several types of vinegar, pure apple cider vinegar works best for soothing the symptoms of sunburn. It is best applied after a cool bath.
Prepare a cup of apple cider vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. If you are using other types of vinegar and you think it is too strong for your skin, you can dilute it with cool water in equal parts. Spray the vinegar in the burned area and let it air-dry.
- Baking Soda Paste
Baking soda is a versatile ingredient that is not only useful for cleaning but is also beneficial for soothing sunburn and reducing its reddish appearance.
A baking soda paste can be made by combining baking soda with a little amount of water to achieve the paste consistency. The amount of baking soda paste you will need depends on how big the affected area of the skin is. When adding water, use cool water but not ice-cold water. Smear the paste gently on the burned skin, without rubbing. Leave it for several minutes and then rinse.
When you are in the sun and you notice your skin turning red and becoming painful, it could be a sign that you are already have sunburn. When it happens, go to the nearest shade immediately and if possible, take a cool bath then apply any of the remedies listed here.