As burns go, most sunburns are comparatively mild. But sunburns cover a lot more of the body than most other everyday burns. Add in addition to increasing cancer risk, they can be quite painful.
Fortunately , natures has provided us with several good remedies.
Tannic acid and theobromine in black tea help remove heat from sunburn. Apply cooled black tea to the skin to soothe sunburn. Other compounds in tea called catechins help prevent and repair skin damage and may even help prevent chemical -and radiation – induced skin cancer.
Green tea is also high in chemicals called polyphenols. When ingested, these chemicals help protect the skin against damage from the ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn.
If you do spend too much time in the sun with not enough sunscreen, soothe the burn by sipping iced green tea. Then apply cool compresses of the tea to any areas of skin that have been overexposed.
The inner gel of the aloe vera leaf has been shown to speed the healing of radiation – induced burns.
You can scoop the gel directly from split leaves or buy commercially prepared gel at a health food store or herb shop.
Apply aloe gel after showering, then reapply it a few more times each day until the pain has subsided.
Eggplant has a folk reputation as a sunburn treatment. It actually contains compounds used in sunny Australia for the treatment of skin cancers.
If you do get a sunburn, there’s probably no reason why you shouldn’t applying some mashed eggplant to your skin to see if it help soothe the burn.
Vitamin E is the nutrient most cited for anti-sunburn activity. You migh want to try a cream containing vitamin E to soothe sunburned skin.