From constant rain to scorching sun; our glorious British weather is known for being a bit unpredictable. It's easy to get caught out and catch a little too much sun all of a sudden, leading to sunburn. Sore, sun-reddened skin is not only painful, but a sign the skin has been damaged, so it is important to replenish lost moisture and nutrients as soon as possible.
Here are our 7 best tips for quick relief from sunburn:
1) Apple Cider Vinegar is an effective treatment for sunburn. It helps soothe sunburn pain by balancing the skin’s pH, speeding up the healing process. You can either mix together 1 part ACV to 8 parts water, immerse a washcloth with the solution and apply to sunburned skin, or add one cup of apple cider vinegar to a tepid bath and soak in it for 10-30 minutes
2) Soothing and healing aloe vera is great for immediate relief of sun burn. Depending on the severity of the redness, you can try our Spot on Serum for an instant cooling effect, but also our ready-made soothing lotion as a general after sun lotion. Drink plenty of water, take a cool shower and then apply lotion.
3) A go-to treatment for sunburn on the face is natural yogurt. As it a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps to reduce the burning sensation. Make sure to go for an organic, full-fat yogurt – apply to gauze or cotton pad and apply to burn for 15 minutes.
4) Go green and bring some vegetables to the rescue! On especially bad patches of sunburn, gently rub a slice of cucumber on the area – they contain compounds which help reduce swelling and draw out the burn!
5) Preventing sunburn - if possible - is of course the best advice. A good body lotion, free from artificial fragrance, is always good for short-term and after-sun exposure, not only to moisturise, but to offer some soothing and protective qualities. Our organic body butter has sun protective sea buckthorn, shea butter, coconut oil and extra virgin olive fruit oils.
6) It’s important to cool the skin and draw out the heat from sunburnt skin. Applying a cold compress (such as a cold flannel) or having a cold shower may help.
7) Another one you can find in your kitchen – oatmeal makes a great compress. It alleviates irritation and swelling, and it’s packed with antioxidants to hydrate the skin. Just cook the oats, let them cool and apply as a compress for 15 minutes.
Research shows that 20 minutes per day of unprotected sun is as much as most skins can tolerate. So for longer exposure, use a good sun cream based on natural ingredients and mineral sunscreens rather than chemical sun filters. Don't worry about finding an SPF over 30 - it's more important to re-apply frequently (especially on children) than use a high SPF product. Wear a hat, stay out of the sun between 11-2pm and remember that a t-shirt actually comes close to SPF 30!