The last thing that you expected after a day in the sun was to arrive back home and see that dastardly pinkish skin; the surest signs of a nasty sunburn. Even when you apply sunscreen to your skin, it’s still possible for the sun to burn the skin. Some people are unaware that the sunscreen they are using only lasts for so many hours. Other people mistakenly wear sunscreen that is not formulated to be water-resistant or waterproof when they are swimming, and then the sunscreen washes off and they suffer from sunburned skin.
Sunburned skin can last anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending upon the severity of the burn and your overall UV exposure. However, there are some home remedies for sunburn that can really work some dermal magic for you; these same remedies are also excellent for treating peeling skin, too.
3 Home Remedies for Sunburn & Peeling Skin
Honey and Yogurt
You probably already have these items in stock at your home. Simple plain yogurt – about 4 ounces – mixed with 2 tablespoons of honey can do wonders for your skin. Apply the mixture liberally to any affected areas of sun damaged skin. Both honey and yogurt are rich in acids, minerals and enzymes that aid the skin in its natural resuscitation process and moisturize it as well as sooth the damaged skin.
Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil
Aloe vera is considered to be Nature’s healing agent and so is tea tree oil. When mixed together, they create a potent healing concoction. Aloe vera will help to sooth and to deeply moisturize the skin while encouraging the healing process. The tea tree oil will aid in the prevention of scarring and bacterial or viral infection during the healing process, as well as work to evenly texture and tone the fresh new skin layers. Mix 1 part aloe vera oil to 1 part tea tree oil in 8 parts of organic virgin olive oil; massage in a few drops to any affected area of the skin twice per day.
Bath in Baking Soda
Baking soda will aid in preventing any infection of severely sun damaged skin. If you take a baking soda bath in combination with the above two remedies for sunburned skin or peeling skin, you can see the best results. Simply add about 2 cups of baking soda to a warm – not hot – bath. Avoid bathing for longer than 20 minutes so that you do not dry out your skin.