Caught Without Protection? Here's a Natural Way to Sooth Your Next Sunburn

Sometimes even the most prepared sunbather can get a nasty sunburn. Believe it or not, even though you were just burned by nature, there are some highly effective natural remedies to sooth a sunburn. Most of us lather up in protection when we're going to the beach, a cookout, or spending ample time in the sun, but even a day of running errands on a hot sunny day can bring burning, itching, and redness to your skin. It sounds crazy, as one redditor put it, but something 93 million miles away from you can still cause damage to your skin.

All is not lost when you get a sunburn; you can still treat your skin in a way that will promote healing and nourishment — your skin definitely needs both after a sunburn. Even a mild sunburn where your skin is slightly sensitive and warm to touch still needs some TLC despite the fact that it may not seem serious. According to sources at Web MD, the ultraviolet rays from the sun that cause sunburns aren't just skin deep. We all know we should wear protection from the sun because sun damage can cause melanoma, premature signs of aging, and skin cancer. Protection doesn't end when you put on sunblock though, you still need to take care of burns.

A good plan of action is to always wear protection from the sun, in fact, it's the only way you can protect yourself from a burn. Still, if you burn easily or or your sunscreen wore off, this natural recipe will soothe and ease your discomfort.

Soothing Sunburn Gel

You'll need the following for your soothing gel:

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera
  • 1 half of a cucumber
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • A blender

Blend your ingredients together in a blender and apply directly on your skin. I recommend cooling your gel first, if your ingredients aren't already cold for an ultra soothing experience.

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