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Got a bit too close to the sun? Here are 5 tips to Heal Sunburn

On a sunny island like Malta, sunburn is a very common ailment. It is a type of skin damage that occurs when the skin is exposed to too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or other sources such as tanning beds. The amount of UV our skin can withstand is very dependent on the melanin content within it, determining whether a person gets a golden tan or a nasty sunburn. The UV radiation damages the DNA in skin cells, causing inflammation, pain, and redness. The effects of sunburn on the skin depend on the severity of the burn. In mild sunburn cases, redness, peeling, and itching are often experienced. More severe sunburn can cause blistering, swelling, and even fever or chills. Repeated sunburns over time can also cause long-term damage to the skin, including premature ageing, wrinkles, and an increased risk of skin cancer. If you’re suffering from sunburn, the five following tips are sure to improve your condition.

Baking Soda and Oats

Baking soda and oats are both known for their anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the swelling and redness associated with sunburn. Mixing baking soda or colloidal oatmeal with water to create a paste and applying it to the affected area can help soothe the skin. Similarly, throwing some teaspoons of baking soda and oats into your bath water can greatly improve the state of your sunburn. Both ingredients help the skin to hold onto its own moisture, allowing the sunburn to heal up faster.

Chamomile Tea

It's a well-known fact that chamomile has soothing, calming effects on mood. The same applies to the skin: chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can be used directly on the skin or consumed as a beverage to help reduce inflammation and soothe the area. In cases of sunburn, cool down your brewed tea and apply it over the impacted area with a washcloth.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a natural plant extract that has cooling and soothing properties and is a popular remedy for sunburn. It can be applied to the sunburnt area in the form of a gel or lotion or if available, straight from the leaf itself to reduce redness, inflammation, and pain.

Coconut Oil

An ingredient that is readily available in most households, coconut oil has incredible moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties and can be applied topically to help soothe and moisturise sunburned skin.

Cucumbers and Tomatoes

It is no new fact that vegetables are good for you, but these two in particular, aid in healing the skin. Cucumbers and tomatoes are high in antioxidants and can be applied topically as slices to help cool and soothe the impacted area. They also contain vitamins and minerals that can promote healing and reduce inflammation.

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