Avoiding and treating sunburn
At last the sun is here (in the UK anyway), and it's a hot one! So here's a little reminder to stay hydrated as well as some natural tips for avoiding getting sunburned and what to do if you do happen to get a bit too much sun.
To avoid sun burn don’t go out in the midday sun (between 12pm and 3pm) as it is at its peak then. If you do go out try to stay in the shade or cover up with light coloured, loose fitting clothing including long sleeved shirts and trousers, hats, sunglasses and socks with your shoes if you can bear it. Use a natural, organic sun cream if you are going to be in direct sunlight for a while. You could even make your own sun cream with ingredients such as vitamin E, carrot seed oil, raspberry oil, zinc oxide, shea butter and coconut oil, which are also moisturising.
If you do happen to get burned, aloe vera gel gently rubbed onto the burn will help to soothe it, or a damp, cool flannel applied to the burn can help to take the heat out of the skin. You can even take a cool bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar in to reduce inflammation, pain and itching. Rehydrating is also really important so frequently sipping down lots of extra water if you are burned is a must.
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