Although it’s important to protect your skin with sunscreen every day of the year, you’ll have to make extra effort during the summer, as the blazing heat brings more opportunities for a sunburn or dehydrated skin. Even when you’re diligent about SPF application, those dreaded burns can unfortunately still happen. While you might feel uncomfortable for a few days as you heal, there are a few simple remedies for soothing red and irritated skin. Best of all? They’re made with natural ingredients, so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your body while it recovers.
The next time you find yourself dealing with a sunburn or dehydrated skin, reach for these three natural treatments for post-sun care. And don’t forget to drink a lot of water to rehydrate, since your body is most likely parched as well.
A tried-and-true sunburn treatment for a reason, aloe vera gel can help soothe sunburned skin, not just because it comes equipped with a nice, cooling sensation. The aloe vera plant contains glycoproteins, polysaccharides, and other components that are known to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These help with both healing wounds, or damaged skin, and rejuvenating cells. If you’re lucky enough to have an aloe plant nearby, cut open a leaf and apply the sap to your skin. Otherwise, pick up a bottle of 100% pure aloe vera gel, refrigerate it, and apply. You can also freeze aloe in an ice cube tray and gently apply it to your sunburn for added relief.
Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery Cream
Keeping the skin moisturized is an important step in your post-sun regimen. Oftentimes, too much time in the sun can result in dehydrated skin, so it’s important to add moisture back with the right topical cream. Our Relief & Recovery Cream contains safflower seed oil, argan oil, and vitamin E that can provide the right kind of moisture and nourishment your skin needs. It’s also formulated with natural essential oils like peppermint and menthol that help calm irritated skin.
You may be familiar with how Greek yogurt helps with everything from bone health to healing the gut, but it can also come in handy when you have a sunburn. While all yogurt has anti-inflammatory benefits, Greek yogurt boasts more than twice the amount of skin-repairing protein. It also contains lactic acid, which when applied to the body can help smooth rough and irritated skin. Plus, it’s thicker than other yogurts, which makes application easier. You may have to sacrifice your breakfast, but it just might be worth it.
Whichever you choose, know that it’s important to take care of your skin after spending a day soaking up the sun’s rays. After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ. You’re going to want to treat it right!