Sunny days are now getting closer and closer, so I thought to prepare you for those days that the only thing you will want is to lie and absorb all the sunshine winter has deprived you of and forgetting how cruel the Sun can be for your skin’s health and beauty.
So, if after your first sun spas, you notice that your skin gets red, or it feels uncomfortable with a burning sensation and you have run out of an after sun product, here’s 5 DIY recipes for irritated sun exposed skin which can relieve the symptoms of the sun irritation.
The recipes are very quick to make and they are based on just one ingredient, so they can be very useful and handy.
To Soften The Skin
Coconut oil is one of the most used natural oils in skin care. It is not only very good for oily skin but also for dry skin and that makes it a really useful skin care ingredient and product.
Coconut oil is good for both dry skin and hair and the only thing you will need to do here is apply some drops of it on the inflamed skin area. Alternatively, you can pour some drops in the lukewarm water of your bath and soak in it for 15-20 minutes.
To Relieve A Burn
Because of its anti inflammatory and soothing properties, lavender oil can be really useful if you want to give your sunburnt skin some relief.
But be careful, using undiluted lavender oil topically can be irritating, so you need to dilute it first in any carrier oil like almond oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or others.
From researching about essential oils dilution (aromaweb.com) I found out that a 2% essential dilution is thought to be safe for topical application on adults.
So, for example in 30 ml of carrier oil, you will need 12 drops of essential oil.
Apart from diluting lavender oil in a carrier oil, you can also dilute it in a lotion, natural moisturizer or any vegetable butter like shea butter, mango butter or cocoa butter.
According to aromaweb.com, when you use an essential oil for the first time, even if it is diluted, you should try a skin patch test to be sure that your skin doesn’t react to it.
After you have taken all the safety measures and you used the diluted lavender oil on your sun burn, it is good to apply an aloe vera gel which will cool down the burning sensation and boost the regeneration of the skin.
I had forgotten how good is Rosehip Oil for burns until today that I accidentally got a slight iron burn on the inside of my lower arm. I think that it is probably the first iron burn that I have ever had in my life.
I instantly thought of rosehip oil and its use for burns, so I thought to give it a try. In fact, it was very relieving, it helped me avoid all the pain and the uncomfortable feeling and I think it helped the looks of my skin as well.
I will go on using it on the small burn mark I got and I think it will help it heal and disappear faster. For more information on the marvelous benefits of rosehip oil for skin, you can read my Pai Organic Rosehip Oil Review.
To Stop The Itch
It gets red and then scratchy. That is how the skin reacts to excessive sunbathing and you might have experienced that feeling several times if you were not cautious enough to protect it.
A simple and quick DIY recipe to relieve that Sun itch is to cut some raw potato slices and put them on your itchy skin. You will instantly feel some relief and you can apply the same technique if an insect has stung you.
To Prevent Sunburnt Skin Blisters
To avoid the appearance of sunburnt skin blisters apply a plain Greek yoghurt on your skin which cannot only prevent those blisters but can relieve both the itch and the burning sensation.
I still remember myself as a kid when once I had such a red sunburn skin that I had to sit and wait with my back covered with Greek yoghurt for some time but I can tell you, it was effective.
You can also have a shower neither hot nor warm but just lukewarm and of course in no way should you use ice cubes on your skin.
To Stop The Skin Peeling
A simple yet effective way to stop your skin from peeling is to apply some pure olive oil on it. Olive oil is rich in lipids and vitamins which will deeply nourish and condition your irritated skin.
What you have to do is have a lukewarm shower, apply the olive oil on the sun irritated skin areas and leave it there till it absorbs. Continue its application for some days till you see that your skin is back to normal.
In conclusion, these were some easy DIY recipes for irritated sun exposed and burnt skin that can prove extremely useful at times that you don’t have a specialized skin care product for sunburn or damage available for use.