Getting sunburn can be really annoying and difficult to handle, especially when it’s on the most visible parts of the body such as the face.
What’s worse is that sunburn can actually lead to other health consequences, depending on its severity. Sun poisoning and skin cancers are some of the major long-term consequences of sunburn. Pain, severe itching, dryness, and peeling skin are immediate consequences.
While sunburn is bad enough anywhere on your body when it is on your face there is nowhere for it to hide. This could lead to less confidence in your look, and major concerns if you are particular about your skin. This is why sunburn should be treated immediately you get them.
Here are a few quick remedies for treating sunburn on your face and the good thing is that they aren’t difficult to carry out.
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First, for immediate relief from the burning sensation, you may want to place a cool compress on your face. A cold, wet towel is your best option here. You can add a bit of ice but make sure you don’t rub your face, as this will aggravate the sunburn.
Next, put an aloe juice on your face as soon as you are able to. Also ensure to avoid the jagged edges of your aloe leaf (when directly applying the plant) from scrubbing against your burns, in order to avoid more injuries) the best way is to extract the gel or juice before rubbing on your face.
The sooner you can apply aloe, the better your skin will be able to recover. Ideally, put aloe on before and after the cold compress. Remember to reapply the aloe gel regularly.
More importantly, keep your face out of the sun! Exposing yourself to more sun rays will worsen your current sunburn. Your face is one of the most exposed parts of your body. Keep it safe by wearing a hat and applying SPF (sunscreen) before leaving your house.
These home remedies will help bring relief from sunburn itch and speed the healing process. For mild sunburn, you should be better in 3-5 days. A moderate burn will likely take a week or more and severe burns with blisters will likely take two weeks or more.
Remember, sunburns are burns – so always be gentle to sunburned skin.
Most importantly, do not apply chemical-based lightening products on them. This will only worsen the situation and make your skin prone to more burn. The best way to rid your face of sunburns is to heal and not to combat them with harsh products.
Also, avoid harsh soaps that can dry out your skin. Use a gentle, moisturizing soap, like goat milk soap. You can also mix your aloe treatment with coconut oil for skin soothing and moisturizing.
The only downside of using aloe is that it forms a stiff, somewhat tacky coating on your skin but with extra moisture from the coconut oil, you have nothing to worry about.
Lastly, bear in mind that treating sunburn requires a lot of patience and consistency with your strategies. Staying hydrated is the most essential thing that you can do to help ease your sunburn. When you hydrate your body, you hydrate your skin.
Sunburn dries out your skin rather severely, so the more moisture you can send to that burn, the better. So hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Remedies can only help in the healing process. If you want to really achieve relief from your burn, you need to ensure a lot of water, water based fruits and veggies intake.
Check my next post to learn about fruits and veggies that aid your healing process and overall skin wellbeing.