There are so many ways to protect your children and yourself from sunburns and damage from the sun.
Wearing long sleeved clothing, slapping on sunscreen and ensuring you always pack a sunhat and sunglasses are some of the ways to keep your children from burning up. However, sometimes, even the best laid plans go astray and your children may come home with sunburn.
Sunburns are not only hazardous to your skin but they also hurt! So what can you do to relieve the itching, burning, stinging and hotness that comes with sunburn? Below are some excellent home remedies safe to use on yourself as well as your kids.
1. Rolled Oats
Mix up a lukewarm bath and add some rolled oats to the water. One cup will suffice. The oats are supposed to act as a natural soother that will help stop the itchiness.
2. Rotten Tomatoes
Sounds gross right? But it really works! Find some tomatoes that are past the point of eating, cut to release the juices and rub the juice on your sunburn. It takes the string right out of it immediately. If they are used straight from the fridge, even better! You will need to shower afterwards!
3. Aloe Vera
Many people will grow aloe vera plants in their backyard. However, if you don’t have access to the liquid green gold in the leaves, then you can hit the chemist and pick up a bottle. Look for an all-natural spray or gel. Simply apply to the affected area several times a day for a cooling sensation.
4. Cold Water
Cold water is a great way to cool the body down. Relax under a cold shower or take a cool compress and apply to the burn. Make sure you also drink plenty of water as this will cool your body down as well.
5. Baking Soda
Another good addition to your bath water for helping with sunburn is baking soda. Add a few large tablespoons to your bath water and soak for 15 minutes. Instead of towel drying off, let the baking soda remain on your skin and air dry.
Potatoes are cheap and delicious and also great for relieving sunburn pain. Cut and blend the potatoes in a food processor or a blender with a little bit of water. Then apply the mashed mixture to your sunburn.
Moisturiser may not provide much relief but it will prevent itching and peeling. So make sure you add moisturiser to your sunburn several times a day to reduce the risk of peeling and keep your skin nice and hydrated.
8. Corn Starch or Corn Flour
For those hard to reach places, such as on the straps of your bra or underneath your breasts, apply a sprinkle of corn starch. This is an easy way to reduce the risk of chaffing and burning when you need to put your clothes back on.
9. Iced Tea
Make an extra-large pot of tea (chamomile is a good choice). Let it cool in the fridge and then dump it into your bath water.
Substitute expensive lotions for something a lot cheaper – plain yoghurt. Simply spread on the sunburn as if it were moisturiser and let your skin soak in the cool substance. Ahhhhh.
11. Vinegar and Milk
Add some white vinegar to cotton balls and gently rub on the affected areas. Then, dip a clean cloth into some milk and rub over the skin. The combination of the vinegar and milk can relieve the pain almost instantly. Many people also claim that the redness will disappear almost overnight as well.
12. Coconut Oil
Oh, the many wonderful properties of coconut oil! Coconut oil works wonderfully as a moisturiser. In general, it is absorbed extremely fast and works to draw heat out of sunburnt skin. Don’t melt the solidified oil. Just scoop out and rub into the affected area. But be warned, the oil will melt when it hits your skin and can be very messy. Put a towel down or wear old clothes as the oil might stain.
If you become concerned about any symptoms please seek immediate medical attention – we have some hotlines and suggested websites for further information and advice.
* SAHM takes no responsibility for any illness, injury or death caused by misuse of this information. All information provided is correct at time of publication.
If you become concerned about any symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention – we have some hotlines and suggested websites for further information and advice – https://www.stayathomemum.com.au/my-kids/babies/important-hotlines-websites/
SAHM takes no responsibility for any illness, injury or death caused by misuse of this information. All information provided is correct at time of publication.
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