5 Folk Remedies to Protect Your Skin from the Sun and Heal Sunburns

Article by Kristine F.

As soon as the warm season arrives our natural intelligence drives us in the sunshine. Exposing the skin into the sunlight we can naturally produce vitamin D in our bodies, what is essential for our bones, heart and overall health. Sun is energizing and vitalizing, but problems start when we stay in the sun for too long without protecting the skin. Sunburns hurt so badly that you can’t even function properly in your daily routines.

Choosing a suitable sunscreen nowadays is a pretty difficult task. When you read labels of that plenty of sunscreens available on the market you simply get lost: they are either packed with harmful chemicals that really would protect you from sunburns, but will do serious damages to your body in a long term, or you simply don’t understand their contents.

Here are healthy, natural folk remedies that will protect your skin and heal sunburns:

Coconut Oil

Organic coconut oil is well known to protect the skin from negative environmental influences like wind, cold and sun as well. It allows you to get tanned while keeping your skin moisturized and nurturing it with vitamins A, B, E, calcium and iron. Apply it on your skin before, during and after sunbathing.


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It’s great to keep it in a spraying bottle all summer long with you. Simply spray it on your body and face as often as you wish, it will protect you from sunburns at the same time refreshing you. Rosewater has calming and restorative effects and it also helps to keep skin’s pH level normal in heat and sun. If you don’t make it at home, make sure you get pure rosewater without added alcohol! If you already have got sunburns, refrigerate rosewater before spraying on the skin!

Sour Cream

Dairy products soothe, moisturise and soften the skin, but refrigerated sour cream will also cool the burned skin. Apply it on the burned skin areas, the moist will get absorbed into the skin, so when it feels dry again wash off the sour cream with soft cotton cloth and apply fresh sour cream again. You can also use plain organic yoghurt in place of the sour cream.

Aloe Vera

If you don’t have Aloe Vera gel or juice at home, you are saved if you have this plant growing on a windowsill.  Take a leaf from the plant, cut it lengthwise and grease your burned skin with the soft, slippery part. Already ancient Egyptians recognised Aloe Vera as the best one for skin care: this plant is moisturiser and antioxidant, and it even helps to get rid of stretch marks and prevents ageing!

Lavender Essential oil

Lavender essential oil should be in each first aid kit, and when it comes to skin issues lavender is a very good antiseptic, calming and healing remedy.  This is one of the essential oils you can apply on small areas of your skin undiluted, but for bigger burned areas you can apply it mixed with Aloe Vera gel, spray mixed with Aloe Vera juice or rosewater, or grease your body with coconut oil-lavender mixture.

Make sure you know what you put on your skin! Although the cells renew, that’s your only skin you will wear until the last day!

Kristine F. is a full time writer/ghostwriter from North-Eastern Europe. Living in a climate that allows enjoying all 4 seasons, growing up at the countryside  and learning about herbs from her family, Kristine got passion for nature and natural remedies. Now she is living in a city trying to keep the life simple yet meaningful. To share her knowledge about natural remedies, DIY projects and personal discoveries about the power of nature and human brain, she has recently started a new blog: http://mugwortsdreams.blogspot.com/

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