5 sunburn remedies straight from your kitchen cupboard
Ouch, got sunburnt? We’ve got five home remedies that will soothe your UV-damaged skin within minutes.
Perhaps the most widely known remedy for those stinging sunburns, Aloe Vera is notorious for its use in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. So, what is Aloe Vera? Originating from the Arabian Peninsula, Aloe Vera – or Aloe Barbadensis – has been harvested for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Known as the ‘burn plant’, it is jam-packed with natural antioxidant properties that will soothe your sunburned skin. Just apply Hollland and Barrett Aloe Vera Gel, repeat whenever needed, and you’re all good!
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Who knew your breakfast yoghurt could calm that nasty sunburn? Containing plenty of beneficial probiotics, such as lactic acid bacteria, it will help your burns heal better and faster. Simply apply a tiny dollop of cold yoghurt on top of your blistering skin and it will work its magic within minutes.
Oatmeal baths – are they a thing? Apparently. To calm your itchy and irritated sunburned skin, add a cup of whole oats to your evening bath. Full of anti-inflammatory properties, it will help calm those burns. Alternatively, mix some ground oats with milk and honey and apply to your UV-damaged skin. Done!
Black tea bags
Earl Grey, Assam or Darjeeling – what’s your cup of tea? Black tea and its anti-bacterial tannic acids works wonders on sunburned skin. Gently apply one or two – soaked and preferably chilled – tea bags onto your skin, leave for a moment and they should ease your pain shortly.
Oh, honey! Filled with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as highly rich in natural antioxidants, honey is a brilliant remedy for your sunburned skin. To try, apply a thin layer of honey onto your damaged areas and let it sit for up to 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Sweet!
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