Summer sunshine comes with its perks (beach days, anyone?), but it also has one downside – namely, the dreaded sunburn. Hopefully, all of you have brushed up on your SPF knowledge by now and know that applying sunscreen regularly will help you avoid the pain. But let’s face it – the occasional slip-up is practically inevitable. In case you find yourself a little too toasty for comfort after a day in the sun, don’t panic – these 5 foods will help soothe your scorched skin in a pinch. Bye, bye burn!
1.) Oatmeal. According to a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology, oatmeal soothes the skin because it has anti-inflammatory properties. For a DIY sunburn soother, take a packet of unflavored oatmeal, grind it into a fine powder, then simply dissolve it in warm water and pour into your bath. This special soak will soothe your skin – just make sure to rinse off afterwards!
2.) Tomatoes. Because of their high lycopene content, eating tomatoes can actually protect you from getting burned. In one study, volunteers who consumed 5 tablespoons of tomato paste every day for 3 months had 25% more protection against sunburns than those who didn’t. Some people even say that placing sliced tomatoes on their sunburns can ease the pain, though there isn’t research to prove this.
3.) Yogurt. According to Natural News, applying cold yogurt on your skin will help cool you down, re-establish the pH balance in your skin and speed up the healing process. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Make sure you are using a plain, unsweetened version without too many extra additives for the best results.
4.) Black Tea. Supposedly, the tannic acid in the tea is a key component in beating a sunburn. Black tea is also full of antioxidants and herbs that can prevent your burn from blistering. To soothe your burn, place 3-5 black tea bags in a pitcher of warm water and let them steep – you can also place the pitcher in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling down process. After the tea has cooled, simply dip a soft washcloth into the tea, wring slightly, then gently dab at the affected area. You should start to notice the pain subsiding instantly.
5.) Apple Cider Vinegar. Vinegar contains acetic acid (one of the components in medicines like aspirin) and can help ease pain, itching and inflammation. Apple cider vinegar in particular helps balance your skin’s acid/alkaline balance, which speeds up healing. Take a cooling bath by adding two cups of vinegar to your bathwater before you get in. Say it with me now – ahhhh…
In the end, you can never go wrong with good old aloe – here’s a soothing concoction to try at home!
And remember, if you keep forgetting to apply sunscreen, you can always work it into your beauty routine.
Have you ever tried any of these natural sunburn soothers? Do you swear by any of these treatments or will you stick to the tried-and-true aloe?