Basking in the sun in winters is a luxury that everybody enjoys. Sitting in the sun is also recommended to fulfill your need of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to keep the bones strong and to maintain a young and healthy skin.
But over exposure in the sun rays can cause damage to your skin. The most common problem is of sunburn. Sunburn is caused by over exposure of the skin in ultra violet rays of the sun. Your skin becomes red and you may feel burning and itching sensation. The skin starts to peel after a few days of being sunburnt.
Fair skin people are more at the risk of getting sunburn than people who are not so fair. It is a painful condition and though it gets cured after a few days of treatment, it can cause permanent damage to the skin and it can even cause skin cancer.
You can treat sunburn by following the home remedies that are mentioned below. These remedies may help to cure sunburn but you must consult a dermatologist if the problem persists for a longer period.
Home Remedies For Sunburn
Potato has a soothing effect on the skin and it helps to lighten the tan. Grate potatoes and squeeze out the juice. Apply the juice with a cotton ball on the affected areas and wash after 15 minutes. You can blend potato pieces with water in a mixer to take out the juice.
Yogurt is a natural cleanser and has a cooling effect. Mix the juice of half a lemon in one cup yogurt and apply it on your body while taking a bath. Do not rub your skin roughly. Wash with cold water after 5 minutes.
Cornstarch helps to keep your skin dry especially the armpits, areas around the breast and inner thighs. Sprinkle a little cornstarch on these areas and leave it on. It will give relief from itching.
Add 2 tablespoon of baking soda in your bath water and take a bath with it. Do not wash it off. Instead of using a towel air dry yourself to avoid friction and peeling of the skin. You may apply a light moisturiser afterwards to keep the skin lubricated.
Aloe Vera plant is easily available in a nursery. It helps to relieve pain and reduces redness of the skin. Peel a leaf of Aloe Vera and directly apply its gel on your skin. Leave it on for some time and then wash it gently with normal water.
Cucumber and lemon juice
Mix cucumber and lemon juice in equal proportion and apply on your face and other sunburnt area. Leave it on till it dries and wash off with normal water. Cucumber has astringent and cooling properties and lemon is a natural bleaching agent, when used together they help to give immediate relief from sunburn.
Soak a towel in cold water and place it on the affected parts. It will give you relief from pain and burning sensation. Change the towel when the first one gets warm, do this treatment 2-3 times a day. You can add a little milk in cold water to moisturise the skin.
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