I give a lot of recommendations for preventative sun care, but I’ve never talked about post-sunburn care. Since the heat index is triple-digits and I attempted to exercise and felt the sunscreen streaming down my face today, here are a few DIY options to cool down your skin and let the healing begin:
1: Drink cold water. It may seem like a given, but you’re still a little dehydrated and cooling down your internal temperature will help your focus. If you like, coconut water is fine. In fact, if you cannot focus, you could have possible sun stroke and may need medical attention. In either case, try to avoid alcohol for the rest of the day, as it accelerates dehydration.
2: Plain yogurt. I prefer the thicker consistency of Greek yogurt, but to keep potential infections at bay, please leave the flavored varieties on the shelf for this purpose. It’s so easy – just apply a thin layer to the affected areas. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Reapply if needed.
3: Aloe Vera. The higher the concentration, the better. Apply a thin layer to affected areas. No rinsing is needed. Don’t forget to read your labels; if it contains alcohol, it’ll do more harm than good. There are products designed for sunburn, but why expose yourself to any unexpected skin reactions?
4: Green Tea: A couple of ways to use the healing magic of polyphenols:
A) Brew 5-6 bags of green tea in 6 ounces of water for 10 minutes. Fill a 16-20 ounce container with ice and over brewed mixture over ice. Pour into a clean spray bottle and spritz over sunburned skin. Combined with yogurt, it’s a great 1-2 punch, especially if your scalp is burned.
B ) Matcha powder. The powdered green tea is so intense that it’s been used to treat severe burns. The regenerative powers are phenomenal. Place a few tablespoons of matcha in a small bowl. Add enough cold water to make a paste, then apply. Wait 30 minutes, then rinse.
Cool/cold water, ice, thick yogurt, aloe vera and green tea. Staples of any member of #TeamNatural, no?
I hope no one gets overdone in the sun! If you do, I hope these tips will help you feel better quickly!