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The importance of getting out in the sun to soak up the rays goes far beyond that beautiful, healthy glow. Sometimes, that “glow” can become way more than you bargained for. Vitamin D is important, but it’s important to avoid the damage of a sunburn. There are some great, natural sunscreen options to use when you’re planning to spend more time outside. Sometimes, the time outdoors gets longer, the sunscreen fails us, or there’s nowhere to go for shade. If it’s too late, and you feel the tightness of a sunburn setting in, here are some ways to soothe your sunburn naturally.

Natural Tips to Soothe Your Sunburn

1 – Cool Compresses

Applying cool compresses to the affected area can provide immediate relief from the heat and discomfort. Use a clean cloth soaked in cold water, wring it out, and place it on the sunburn. Repeat as necessary.

2 – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is known for healing cuts and burns, and it can be very helpful for relieving sunburns, too. ACV restores the skin’s pH and helps reduce inflammation. Mix a 1:4 ratio of ACV and water in a bowl and apply with a washcloth. You can also put it into a spray bottle to make it easier to apply. Store the spray bottle in the refrigerator for extra cooling!

3 – Oatmeal Baths

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe irritated skin. If oats aren’t on your allergy list, add a cup of colloidal oatmeal to a cool bath and soak for 15-20 minutes. Avoid hot water as it can exacerbate the burn.

4 – Silver Gel

Another great natural remedy for sunburns is silver gel. It’s very soothing and healing for the skin. A Wellness Way favorite is ACS Silver Gel at the first sign of sunburn. We often use this in combination with coconut oil for its hydrating components.

5 – Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is very nourishing to the skin because it contains nutrients and antioxidants. It’s moisturizing and antibacterial, and it can help fight wrinkles and sun damage. Your skin will love soaking up the moisture! Be sure to use organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil.

6 – Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has 75 active components, including antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients that help skin heal. That’s why this has been a go-to for thousands of years. It’s best right from the plant and easy to grow, so you’ll always have some on hand. If you have to buy some, make sure it’s organic and has no preservatives.

7 – Drink Up!

Sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Your skin needs to stay hydrated from the inside out while you are healing. So, drink plenty of water. You can also add some aloe juice for additional benefits. Aloe is not only hydrating, but it also has some great electrolyte minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium. Be sure to stay away from sugary, non-nourishing beverages.

8 – Essential Oils

Essential oils like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree are very healing for a sunburn. Add them to a spray bottle of aloe juice or the 50/50 ACV blend mentioned above to boost your relief.

Nourish Your Skin From The Inside Out

Studies support the fact that diet impacts skin health, and not just acne and eczema but in the risk of skin cancer as well. Inflammatory foods like sugar, wheat, soy, and dairy can make your inflamed skin even worse. Swap those foods for anti-inflammatory foods like blueberries, salmon, sweet potatoes, and green tea. Anti-inflammatory foods that are full of antioxidants and omega 3’s will help you heal faster. Eating a nourishing, organic, whole-food diet will help in maintaining your largest organ, your skin! However, remember that even healthy foods can be inflammatory if they’re on your allergy list!

Prevention Is Key

Avoiding a sunburn is always better than helping one heal. Make sure you are getting plenty of vitamin D by getting a safe amount of sun and using a quality supplement. Also, be sure to use a nontoxic sunscreen. Not all sunscreens are created equal, but there are some great, safe choices out there. Getting a sunburn can be very damaging to your skin, so it’s best to avoid it in the first place. If it does happen, get out your healing tools and address it quickly. Using these natural remedies can help soothe sunburn and promote faster recovery.

Check out Dr. Patrick Flynn’s Quick Tips on Sunscreen to help you prevent the burn!


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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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