With some seriously sunny, hot weather in the UK at the moment, you may have found yourself on the receiving end of some sunburn.
Struggling but find yourself with no after-sun? Don’t worry, because there are some alternative ways to calm it down.
Have any talc lying around, bit of natural yoghurt in the fridge? They may come in handy, according to The Sun. Here are some alternative remedies….
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Apple cider vinegar:
Initial thoughts, the last thing I’d want to do is put something acidic on my burnt skin but, the experts at Health Line say if it is diluted with water first, applying apple cider vinegar to sunburn can ‘balance out the pH of your skin and has antibacterial properties’.
Whatever you do, do not apply this without diluting first.
You can apply plain natural yogurt to your sunburn and leave it there for about ten minutes, according to Cosmopolitan.
Apparently, the probiotics help to restore the skin from the outside, inwards, and the cooling effect will ease the pain.
Not to be applied directly to the skin but you can sprinkle a little bit of talcum powder on your bed sheets to help reduce the friction between your burnt skin and the bedding.
Lovisa Nilsson, a nutritionist at Lifesum, said oatmeal has the ‘ability to soothe severe sunburn’.
Cook porridge oats as you would normally, cool them off and apply to sunburn. She says you should let it sit for a while before taking them off with a damp cloth.
You can also add porridge oats to a bath.
It’s one of nature’s best antiseptics and according to Women’s Health and it is also ‘very hydrating and soothing’.
Apply the honey to your skin and cover it with some gauze or muslin type cloth. Leave it for a few minutes before gently wiping it off with a damp cloth. Sticky!
You must use natural or raw honey.
We all know of this one! Aloe vera is one of the main ingredients in most aftersun products.
Using aftersun is effective but you can buy aloe gel which contains a higher concentrate.
Dermatologist Dr. David E. Bank told Cosmopolitan, you can put the aloe gel in ice cube trays, freeze them and then make a cold compress with the cubes. Don’t apply anything frozen directly to sunburn though, it could tear the skin.
Milk has plenty of probiotics that encourage skin healing, so if you dip some cloth or kitchen roll into cold milk, ring it out and dab the affected area with it, that should help!
Best remedy though? Apply sun cream.