Natural Remedies for Sunburn

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So summer is finally here in Canada and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I love everything summer brings with it – sunshine, warm days, the desire to get to the beach and be outdoors! 

Of course that means lots of sun exposure annnnd an actually important need to protect our skin from any damage. 

(and for all my other readers who may be experiencing a different season – you may still go on vacation so we can technically get burnt anytime throughout the year).

I wanted to share a few natural remedies with you all today in the event your last hurrah in the sun was a burnt one!

4 Natural Remedies for Sun Burns

Coconut Oil

So this one isn’t exactly for sunburns, but more to prevent them. If you don’t have any sunscreen on hand or don’t want to use the toxic ones lather on a small amount of coconut oil. Suprisingly, although it is oil, it acts as a natural sun protector with natural SPF. Of course, if you spend all day in the sun you may have to reapply! This would also work to keep your sunburnt skin moisturized to minimize peeling.

Aloe

This seems to be the most popular sunburn remedy. Since I was a kid my mom would always make me put aloe vera gel all over my burns, and while it would help with the peeling and cool my skin down – it was a toxic option that I’d rather not use now-a-days. The alternate option is to purchase an aloe leaf and cut it open, then spread or lay the gel on your burns.

Witch Hazel

This is another popular healing herb for all kinds of ailments, including burns. This natural liquid can help reduce swelling, repair damaged skin, and ward off nasty bacteria. The best way to use this remedy is to soak a cloth in witch hazel, ring out any excess liquid and pat onto sunburnt skin. Reapply as needed.

Natural Beauty Products

For me, when I travel I find it easier to pack my ‘Putty’ cream from Graydon than a large tub of coconut oil. This cream is amazing though as it really does help with burns and even rashes and bug bites. Another cream that I use at home is Shiva’s Delight Healing Balm.

Sunburns are no fun and of course it’s optimal if it doesn’t happen at all, but hopefully if your the ‘lobster’ of the family this week you can use one of these remedies to help! Until then, enjoy the sunshine!

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Have you tried any of these remedies before? Are there any other natural remedies you use that I didn’t mention?

xx HBL

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