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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 Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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        • (1) Research
        • (2) Deciding the topic
        • (3) Creating the outline
        • (4) Drafting the content
        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
        • (6) Revision
        • (7) etc.

        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

        2. Change Your Environment

        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

        6. Get a Buddy

        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

        Reality check:

        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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