We’ve all made the mistake of not applying enough sunscreen throughout the hot summer months — leaving us running home in sunburnt agony. Although there are many after-sun soothing relief lotions on the market, they can often be both pricey and loaded with unnecessary chemicals. The good news is, though, there are plenty of tools for sunburn relief that you probably already have in your kitchen!
Here are five ingredients, courtesy of PopSugar Fit TV and Everyday Health, that will work wonders on your skin — you’ll be pain-free and back to the beach in no time, hopefully with plenty of SPF this time around!
The burn-soothing ingredients range from oatmeal to yogurt to vinegar, and each ingredient is easily found in your refrigerator or cupboard. Follow these simple tips on how to use these healthy foods and kitchen staples both internally and externally for maximum health in the summer heat. So take our advice, put it into action, and get back to enjoying the summer sun!
Cool yogurt both helps to draw out the heat from a sunburn and moisturize damaged skin. Full-fat yogurt is especially moisturizing, although go for the plain version over the fruit-flavored kind. "Smear yogurt on your skin as soon as it turns pink to help cool the skin, reestablish pH balance and promote faster healing," advises Natural News.
Although this one may not be already in your cupboard, it may be worth picking up some aloe vera gel at your local health market to take away the sting and redness of a sunburn. According to The Huffington Post, aloe vera gel is a proven method to soothing inflamed skin. Simply cut open a leaf, and use this gel directly on your skin. Warning: Although this gel is soothing and effective, it is sticky.
Vinegar is great for metabolism and overall health, and since vinegar is a natural anti-inflammatory, it’s also great for your skin. Apple cider vinegar, unpasteurized and unfiltered, can be used to relieve the pain of sunburn and speed up healing, according to Natural News. Use it as a cool compress — coat a small, cold washcloth and place over inflamed skin.
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