How can I make a sunburn heal faster?
We’ve all been there: a day out in the sun without the protection of sunblock. So what? It was only a few hours. You’ll be fine, right? But when you get home, your back, arms, and legs get hot and red and may even start to blister. Your skin stings to the touch. Without proper care, a sunburn could last over a week. Luckily, there are a few remedies that can ease the pain of your burn and begin to heal the damage to your skin.
For immediate relief, slather aloe on the affected areas for a cooling effect. You can use fresh aloe (just open up a stem and smooth the gel directly onto your skin), or use body lotion infused with aloe but without perfumes, which might cause irritation.
For added relief, chill the lotion in your refrigerator. Also, drink lots (and lots!) of water to counteract the drying effect of the sunburn and prevent further dehydration.
Homemade remedies can also do wonders to heal a sunburn. Chill cucumbers and then proscess them into a cooling paste in a blender or food processor. You can apply the paste directly to your skin. Or use the duo of apple-cider vinegar and coconut oil and your skin will heal fairly quickly. First, dab on the apple-cider vinegar with a cloth—there should be an immediate soothing feel. After it dries, rub the area with coconut oil. Avoid the sun as much as possible until your burn heals. And the next time you plan to be outdoors, make sure to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 (or higher) at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.