Sunburns, most people get them and everybody hates them! People that live in a less then sunny state usually get excited about seeing the sun, and come April, forget that they need to put on some type of sun protection. Such was the case for my sister and I a few weeks ago, so I speak from experience.
-Hannah for ToF
Coconut Oil is a wonder when it comes to skin protection. Not only is Coconut Oil beneficial in that it blocks harmful UV radiation (are what cause free radicals), but it also works to your benefit by allowing beneficial UV’s to allow Vitamin D into the skin. Coconut Oil also strengthens your skin’s connective tissues, making it smooth and supple.
Coconut Oil also helps you get a tan without getting a burn. Simply lather on a bit before sitting out in the sun for 20-30min. Also, since Coconut Oil is a medium length fatty acid, it will not cause acne, instead it brings bacteria to the surface of the skin, which allows for you to rid of all the bacteria by washing it off. Coconut Oil is also anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal all of which will help detoxify the outer layers of your skin.
When purchasing Coconut Oil, make sure to buy the Pure or Virgin Coconut Oil that is cold-pressed not the hydrogenated kind.
Peppermint Essential Oil is cooling agent that can help soothe burning skin.
Mix a few drops of peppermint essential oil into 1/4c. of olive oil/coconut oil and apply to your burned skin. Do not put to much peppermint into the oil or it will be too string and irritate your skin.
Aloe is one of the very best ingredients to use on burned skin.
Try to purchase a tube or jar of gel with the least amount of fillers or preservatives. Even better, simply use the gooey stuff inside a freshly cut aloe vera leaf. You can purchase an indoor plant or plant one outdoors. Cut off a section of leaf, peal off the outer skin and wipe the gooey pulp onto your sunburned skin. Don't wipe it off. Instantly, you'll feel refreshed and the healing will occur more rapidly without blistering or peeling. You can store the remaining leaf in the fridge for a while. Apply commercially sold gels the same way.
Vitamin E Oil works well for burns as well, simply apply oil to skin and let soak in. You can pop a hole in Vitamin E Oil Pills, or you can get the Vitamin E Oil in a bottle. Both work well, though the bottle version is cheaper.
Lavender Essential Oil You can apply this directly to the burn, but it’s easier and cheaper to add a few drops to coconut oil or lotion that apply.
Here is a recipe I found online that looks interesting and helpful for anyone that is suffering from a sunburn (I haven’t tried it yet):
Burn Relief Spray. Combine 2 ounces aloe vera gel, 2 ounces cold water, ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil, 15 drops of each tea tree oil and lavender essential oils. Load into a small spray bottle and shake well prior to application. This spray can be applied to the entire burned area as often as needed. Store in the refrigerator for approximately 5-7 days.
Do you have any tips for sunburns? Let us know!