Have you transformed from a blushing beach babe to a rosy-skinned sun goddess? Then it’s time to cool your skin. Even Latinas can get a little too much sun. Don’t put up with the itching, tight, sore skin associated with a sunburn. Head to the kitchen to whip up a few homemade, skin-soothing remedies!
1. Soothing aloe ointment
Aloe vera is good for more than just cooking. If you have an aloe vera plant, carefully cut one long, slender, spine-like leaf from the plant and place it in the refrigerator. Once it has cooled, squeeze the clear, jelly-like substance from the cut end and apply it directly to the sunburn. The aloe will cool and help heal the damaged skin naturally.
2. Cool compressThere’s no need to suffer through a burn. Keeping your skin cool is the key to reducing the swelling and throbbing pain. Create a cool compress by soaking a soft washcloth with cool water. Then hold it over the pink skin to reduce inflammation. Keep soaking the wash cloth every 10 minutes or so to keep it cool. Never use an ice pack directly on the skin. This can cause frostbite and skin damage.
3. Refreshing vinegar spritzDoes the sunburn sting? Fill a small spray bottle with white vinegar. Head to the shower and mist the vinegar all over your pink skin. Yes, the vinegar will have an odor, but once it is absorbed into your skin and dries completely, you won’t notice the pungent odor. Reapply twice a day for optimum results.
4. Hydrating jojoba oil moisturizerSunburned skin is dry and tight. To help the skin restore its moisture, use pure jojoba oil. Place a few drops directly on the sore skin and gently spread it around. Let the oil sit on your skin until it is naturally absorbed. This may take 15 to 20 minutes. Avoid rubbing the oil into your sensitive skin.
Next time you head out into the sun , keep these five tips in mind:
- Wear a funky, floppy hat to keep the sun off your delicate facial skin.
- Put on cute sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Apply sunscreen several times throughout the day, especially if you’re swimming.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Wear long-sleeved, loose clothing to ward off brown sun spots on your skin.
If your mild sunburn makes you look more like a lobster than a blushing beauty, it’s time to call the doctor. A blistering sunburn can lead to scarring or infection if left improperly treated.