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DIY ways to ease a sunburn

by timetospa July 9, 2013
DIY ways to ease a sunburn

Sunburns are no fun, and even though you likely know the serious health risks of getting a burn, it can be easy to forget to slather on the sunblock and end up with red, inflamed skin. While keeping sunscreen products on hand at all times during the summer months is a great way to keep painful and unsightly burns at bay, there are other ways to ease discomfort and speed up healing. There are plenty of skin care products on the market meant to turn redness into a bronzed glow, but a few home remedies may be just as beneficial. Here are the best ways to beat a burn with products from your pantry:

Keep aloe plants 
Aloe is commonly used to help alleviate pain from burns of all kinds. Even though you can easily pick up a bottle of aloe vera at your local drug store, keeping an aloe plant in your home may be even better. According to the Mayo Clinic, the gel commonly used to heal burns is derived from the meaty leaves of the aloe vera plant. It has been used for centuries to help treat wounds, skin infections, burns and other skin woes, so keeping one or more aloe plants in the house might benefit your skin throughout the year.

Not only will the natural gel ease your sunburn, but it also helps to tighten pores, making it a perfect all-natural face moisturizer as well.

Milk: It does a body good
Drinking enough milk is crucial to the overall health of your bones, while it has been found to also help people remain at healthy weights. Need another reason to keep milk in the fridge? It works to soothe sunburns. The pros at Woman's Day magazine report adding a cup of milk to a cool bath works to alleviate the pain caused by sun exposure. 

On the same note, you could also pick up CND Almond Milk Bath to gain similar benefits, while also enjoying fresh ingredients like almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E, which will all work to soothe and replenish your skin.

Other burn-easing remedies to try
While the methods mentioned have been found to help ease sunburns, there are plenty of other DIY remedies to consider. Soaking a cotton ball in a mix of 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 cup water and applying it to your burn can help it heal faster, as can applying a thin layer of natural honey to your skin. The pros at Woman's Day report honey helps minimize the pain, while speeding up the healing process. 

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