One unfortunate downside to spending time outside enjoying your pool is the possibility of getting a painful sunburn. We all know it’s important to wear sunscreen before heading out into the sun, but did you know that there are many natural ways to help prevent and soothe sunburns?
Be proactive! Remember these techniques to help prevent a sunburn from happening.
- Pomegranates are full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Eating them during the summer can help add an extra layer of protection from the sun. Additionally, the ellagic acid found in pomegranates can help protect the skin from UVA and UVB damage.
- Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can help protect against sun damage. Studies have shown that cooked tomatoes offer more lycopene than raw ones, so try to focus on eating tomato paste and sauces.
- Coconut oil can be rubbed on the skin to help block out approximately 20% of UV light. This helps to protect the body from sun damage, while still allowing the benefits of vitamin D production.
If you’re suffering from an uncomfortable sunburn, there are plenty of natural ways to help alleviate the pain! These tips can help even the most painful sunburn.
- Baking soda has antiseptic properties to help remove the itch often associated with sunburns. Add baking soda to a cool bath and soak for 10-15 minutes, then allow your body to air dry. Alternatively, mix baking soda with water to form a paste to apply directly to the skin. Leave the paste on for 10-15 minutes, and wash off with water.
- Potatoes contain starch, which can help counteract the stinging sensation of a sunburn. Rub raw potato slices on the affected areas to soothe skin.
- Milk is good for more than just bones! Applying milk to a sunburn creates a layer of protein on the skin that helps soothe and ease discomfort.
- Oatmeal baths can do wonders for a sunburn. Grind oatmeal up in a blender or food processor, add it to a cool bath and soak for relief.
- Water is always important to drink, but it is even more so when suffering from a sunburn because it can help prevent dehydration.
We hope these tips help keep your skin happy while you’re enjoying your pool!