Perhaps the most common misconception about sunburn is that it only affects light-skinned individuals. Thanks to science, this myth has long been debunked as solar erythema or sunburn which is the reddening of the integument that occurs after exposure to the sun or some other form of ultraviolet light affects not only fair-skinned people but those of the darker shade as well.
Melanocytes are the type of cells found in the integumentary system that produces melanin. It is this melanin that acts as the human body’s protective coloring pigment.
When do UV rays become harmful? While sun exposure is a good source of Vitamin D for the human body, when the UV rays exceed what can be blocked by the level of melanin in our body, sunburn results.
It’s important to note that there is no such thing as a “healthy tan.” Exposing oneself to the sun without sun protection can easily result in early aging of the skin, first and second degree burns, or worse, skin cancer. Although skin cancer usually becomes apparent in adulthood, most often, the culprit is sun exposure and sunburns that commenced during the early years of a person’s life.
Top 5 Instant Sunburn Relievers
When your skin turns red, warm and painful to touch after basking in the sun, the damage has been done. With pain worsening between 6 to 48 hours thereafter, it’s important to be familiar with these five readily available remedies to immediately address the pain and discomfort of a sunburn and thereby, facilitate skin hydration and healing.
- Aloe Vera
- Ice or Cold Water
- Baking Soda
- Thaumaturgic Bio Mist
With its unique ability to help skin renew itself by stimulating cellular metabolism, Aloe Vera is a must-have in every household. Not only does it treat sunburn, but its abundance in antioxidants, such as vitamins A and C makes it much more effective. Aloe vera promotes the exchange of oxygen within the damaged skin tissue and increasing the absorption of nutrients.
Prepping aloe as a home remedy for sunburn is easy. Simply cut at its base and slit the stalk horizontally. Once the gelatinous interior is exposed, cut a piece large enough to cover the burn. Then, secure it in place with a roller gauze and leucoplast and leave it overnight. Repeat the process twice daily until the affected area heals.
Delving into the nitty gritty details of the physiology of sunburn tells us the same glaring story. Being a form of a burn, human skin is dried out when sunburn occurs, which is why hydration is essential in helping damaged skin cells recuperate.
Since sunburn inflammation causes vasodilation of cutaneous blood vessels, taking a cool shower or bath can help relieve cutaneous inflammation. In addition, applying ice directly on the site can also help constrict the dilated cutaneous blood vessels.
Yogurt works by re-establishing acid/alkaline balance in a sunburnt skin. A compress made up of whole-milk, full-fat, plain yogurt with cheesecloth helps cool down and hydrate the skin. Let this sit on the affected area for at least 5 minutes until the pain subsides.
It is important to note that when using yogurt as a remedy for sunburn, only plain, live cultured yogurt can be used as it has an abundant supply of enzymes and probiotics that heal damage skin cells. When the pain is gone, gently rinse it off with cool or tepid water.
Baking soda works wonders in the same way as yogurt. Soak into a warm bath with baking soda and wait to feel instant relief. Simply add ¼ cup baking soda to your warm bath and soak for 15 minutes.
A baking soda bath can help balance the skin’s acidity and alkalinity. In addition, it helps alleviate the pain you would most likely feel.
You can also create a baking soda paste by gradually mixing the same ingredients above with cool water. Once you reach a paste-like consistency, smear the paste gently over your burn and leave it on until the heat or pain dissipates. The amount of baking soda needed for the paste depends on the burnt area that needs to be covered.
Remember that baking soda should be changed every 3 months, thus, your grandmother’s long-forgotten stash in the cupboard may no longer be advisable to use.
Want something you can easily take out of your purse that works instantly? You’ve got to have the Thaumaturgic Bio Mist! It contains HOCL, an exact replica of the natural HOCL found in our body. HOCL is short for hypochlorous acid, a natural occurring oxidant manufactured by the neutrophils of our white blood cells that helps fight off infection, sending macrophages whenever an injury occurs.
If the skin is the first line of defense, HOCL has been hailed as the second line of defense that responds immediately by traveling to the site of infection to arrest its development and thereby prevent further injury.
In a quest to design the perfect sunburn remedy that aids in the prevention of infection in second-degree burns brought about by excessive UVR exposure, Theralight, Inc. created a bio mist, made of an electrically charged concoction of pure salts and water.
Not only will you feel instant relief, but your tan will appear much faster and more evenly. In fact, many people have noticed their tanned skin without the redness, appear just hours after they’ve been out in the sun. Not even the top 4 remedies above can provide those types of results!
Done with sun and think you’ll be seeing more gray skies? Don’t take it out of your purse! HOCL has been known to relieve many other skin conditions, including rashes, disinfecting cuts, reducing acne, fighting candida, and so many more!