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Summer Lifesaver: 10 Natural Sunburn Remedies

Summer Lifesaver: 10 Natural Sunburn Remedies

Summer is here! Time to fire up the barbie and crack open a few bevvies as our friends down under would say.

While the benefits of sunscreen are well known, it would be socially irresponsible not to mention the dangers of sun exposure at all. To sum it up; make sure to always wear sunscreen of a respectable factor, reapply regularly as per the instructions on the bottle and seek shade during peak hours.

That said, sometimes in life stuff happens and you get a sunburn. Store bought after-sun creams can be expensive and are often packed with chemicals and parabens. Look after your skin and your purse with these 10 all-natural skin soothing sunburn remedies.

1. Aloe Vera gel

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Sunburn remedies aloe vera

    Delicious, gooey green goodness packed full of moisture, vitamins and antioxidants. Aloe vera is one of the oldest and most popular sunburn remedies in the book. Find pure aloe vera gel in your local health food shop. Make sure that it is 100% pure aloe vera (99% will do) and not a fragranced body lotion, as these imitations will not work and are likely to sting!

    2. Cucumber paste

    Cool two cucumbers in the fridge then whizz them up in a blender. Add in a little cornstarch for a thicker paste that is less messy to apply. Aloe vera gel can also be added for an extra boost.

    3. Coconut oil

    This tropical all-rounder is healing in many ways, from being a natural alternative to hair conditioner and lip balm to a nutritional superstar; it is also one of the best sunburn remedies around.

    4. Chilled milk

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    milk sunburn remedies

      The good old white stuff is rich in protein and when applied using a simple compress will instantly cool and form a protective layer on the skin, aiding the healing process. Make a compress out of gauze or soft flannel and soak it fully in a bowl of chilled milk. Let any excess liquid drain off and then press down gently over the burn, leaving it in place for at least ten minutes.

      5. Cornstarch

      Another summer lifesaver you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet is cornstarch. Make a paste by mixing it well with chilled water. Apply the paste gently to the affected area and leave until the skin has cooled down. You might want to do this one in the bath if you have extensive areas of sunburn as it can be a bit messy!

      6. Baking soda

      As above. Just replace the cornstarch with baking soda.

      7. Black tea

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      tea sunburn remedies

        The tannin and antioxidants in tea make it a great sunburn remedy. Soak teabags in a bucket of cool water until the tannin has released and the water is brown. Place the teabags on sore spots and soak a flannel in the bucket of water to use as a compress for larger areas. Alternatively, if you are feeling brave and adventurous, run a cool to tepid bath, pop in a box of teabags and hop right in.

        8. Oatmeal

        Oats are rich in polysaccharides which will moisturize, coat and heal burned skin.  Cook up some porridge in the usual way (fine-milled oats are best), adding a little extra water for a runnier consistency. Wait for the oatmeal to cool to room temperature and then smear it over your skin. Do not rub the paste around as it will exfoliate and damage fragile skin.

        9. Vitamin E

        Vitamin E can be applied following an initial cooling treatment to aid skin healing. Break a capsule and spread gently over the affected area to help reduce visible signs of sun damage forming such as wrinkles and sun spots.

        10. Kukui Nut oil

        OK, so you might not just happen to have this one lying around in your kitchen, and being as exotic as it sounds it might cost a little more. However, it’s intriguing name and history make it an interesting number 10. The kukui tree is the state tree of Hawaii and was originally introduced to Hawaii from Polynesia. The nuts are often used as a cooking ingredient and the oil from the nuts has been used as a natural sunburn remedy by Hawaiian natives for over 1,500 years.

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        It is always important to drink around 2 liters of water a day. When you have sunburn and sunstroke it is even more important to drink up as you need to re-hydrate your body. These remedies are recommended for mild to moderate cases of sunburn. If you are really frazzled please consult a medical professional.

        Featured photo credit: Daniel Lobo via flickr.com

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        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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