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By Priyanka Dixit
Wishing you all a very happy and colourful Holi. Don’t forget to protect your gorgeous face on this occasion. Soon full fledged summers will be here and we all will have to take utmost care of our skin. Many of us have to venture out in bright sunlight which often can burn our skin. Hence, I am listing down six 100% natural remedies that will treat your sunburn.
1. Don’t unfriend sunscreen
It’s summertime, so make sunscreen your best buddy. Use a good sunscreen while going out. Apply it 30 minutes before you leave. Apply it to the most sun-affected areas. If sweating is your major problem and you are a swimmer, apply it again after every three hours. Apart from sunscreen, use a scarf to keep your face covered.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera can be the best friend of your sunburnt face. Aloe vera gel is cool and soothing for your face and burnt areas. This can be very useful for number of ailments such as sunburn, acne or more.
For this, you will need an aloe vera leaf. Squeeze the gel out and apply the extracted gel to sunburned affected face or wherever you need. Allow it to work for around 10 minutes on your face and then wash with water.
3. Yogurt pack
Plain yogurt could be a good treatment too when it comes to sunburn. Cultured plain yogurt contains good amount of probiotics and enzymes which can heal up your red and sunburned skin.
Take some fresh plain yogurt, whether homemade or ready made. Before applying, make sure your hands are clean and then apply some cool yogurt directly to your affected area. Let it soothe your skin for 10 minutes and rinse with water.
4. Indulge in cucumber therapy
Cucumber has been famous not only for its cooling properties but also for its anti-oxidants or analgesic properties. Cucumber soothes your burned or irritated skin and you get relief from redness, pain or any kind of discomfort.
Cut slices of frozen cucumber (chilled cucumber) and keep the slices on your burned skin. Flip the slices when the first side gets warm. The other way is to make cucumber paste with the help of a blender and apply onto tanned or burned skin for 10 minutes. Wash it off with clean water.
5. Keep yourself hydrated
Inner health is as important and essential as outer health. During summers, your body faces the problem of dehydration and this might lead to unhealthy, burned or dry skin due to heavy sun exposure. So, your body needs adequate amount of water, glucose or juices for proper hydration. Keep a bottle of chilled water with yourself all the time while you are outside like on the beach or park. This will prevent sunburn, delay it or reduce the amount of burns you get.
6. Potatoes slices
Raw potato is a viable idea for those who want fairer or supple skin. Its cheap, non sticky and heals fast. Potato can be particularly valuable for more serious burns.
Cut open a potato. Scrape the potato flesh to produce some potato mush. You can also grate the potato; make sure you use the rasp part of the grater. The key to the remedy is to release plenty of juice from the potato flesh. Cover the burn with the potato mush. Clean with cool water after 5-10 minutes.
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