As we head into the summer and fall months, many families will begin to venture into the outdoors – swimming, bike riding and even camping. Taking measures to ensure safety during these activities is usually a common focus of parents, especially when taking small children.
One risk that is commonly overlooked is that of sunburn. With the beautiful weather, and leisurely activities, it is not uncommon to experience sunburn without even realizing the damage of the sun’s rays until you have returned home.
Whether you are caring for your own sunburn or caring for the sunburn of a child, try these simple home remedies in your bathtub to ease the pain, dryness and irritation associated with sunburned skin:
Usually your first line of defense, a milk bath is a great way to calm the irritation of sunburned skin. With the natural anti-inflammatory properties of milk, when added to cool bath water, you will not only ease the pain and itching associated with sunburn but, through the milk’s lactic acid, the dead skin will also slough away. To achieve these results, it is recommended that you use a full gallon of milk with each tub of water.
Yes, that’s right – mud! Now, this is not potting soil or manure but, instead, just simple dirt from your yard, mixed with a little water, to form a mud bath. While not placed into the entire tub of water, mud can be applied to various part of the body, while you soak in a bathtub, and works as a natural exfoliate, removing dead dry skin after sunburn. Full of plant extracts and salicylic acid, exfoliating in a mud bath will improve the look of your skin all over. If you are a little skeptical about using dirt from your backyard, you can purchase mud bath products, online, through Shea Terra Organics at www.sheaterraorganics.com.
As an essential oil, almond oil is a great way to moisturize overly dry skin, especially after sunburn. Sealing water into the skin, almond oil can be purchased at most natural food product stores or alternative medicine vendors. In a soothing tub of bath water, you will want to use a full tablespoon and, after 20 minutes, you should begin to notice a moisturizing effect to your skin.
As with any skin disorder, the key to your successful recovery from sunburn lies, first, in the prevention of the complication. If, however, you suffer from sunburn after a wonderful and leisurely day outdoors, consider these all natural, bath tub remedies to improve the look and feel of your skin in just a matter of days.