Many of us associate summertime with those long, laid back days laying out in the sun. Whether it’s at the beach, by the pool or even in your backyard, soaking up some extra Vitamin D and achieving that perfect sun-kissed look can be a classic summer pastime.
But, lets be honest, getting through summer sunburn-free can be a challenge and that red, sensitive burning skin can turn any summer vacation into a nightmare. Most of us will run to the drug store to pick up some of that classic bright green or blue aloe vera gel. While you may feel a temporary cooling sensation after using it, many store-bought, post-sun products contain harmful chemicals and are highly processed. One peak at the ingredient panel and you’ll probably find an endless list of words you can’t pronounce, and “aloe vera,” which you’d assume would be at the top of the list, is hiding somewhere near the bottom. When purchasing store-bought product like these, the ingredients are often heated and processed at such high temperatures that the naturally occurring healing benefits of plants like aloe vera may no longer be present. Other than a temporary cooling sensation, it’s hard not to ask yourself, are these products doing more harm than good?
Thankfully, with just a few simple tricks, making a natural post-sun treatment at home can help to heal your sunburn quickly and effectively, without any nasty additives or processed ingredients. We recommend packing one or all of these for your next tropical getaway!
Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has been shown to have some amazing health benefits, both when taken orally and applied topically. For sunburns, raw ACV can make your skin feel nice and cool, plus, can help speed up the healing process. Simply make a 2:1 mixture of water to ACV, dip a few cotton washcloths in the mixture and allow to sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is great to use after the apple cider vinegar treatment above. Like ACV, coconut oil can be used in cooking and is also great for skincare. For sunburns, coconut oil can help to keep your skin moisturized and prevent peeling. Gently rub the oil over the sunburned areas of your skin.
Aloe Vera: Yes, aloe vera. Except not neon blue or green. High-quality packaged aloe or straight from the plant is a very effective treatment for sunburns. Like coconut oil, gently rub the aloe vera over the affected areas.
Staying Hydrated: While we often think of topical solutions for sunburns, it’s important to remember that our skin interacts with all aspects of our body, especially as our largest organ. Sunburns are extremely dehydrating, so consuming lots of water when we’re burned can help heal the burn faster and ease some of the pain.
Lavender + Peppermint Essential Oils: While the above treatments work wonderfully on their own, adding some peppermint and lavender essential oils to either the coconut oil or aloe vera treatment above can help to both heal and release heat. It’s recommended that you purchase therapeutic-grade essential oils for the best results.