Sun damage turns the skin hot and red, damaging the epidermis; this usually becomes pink over time and after a week will be on its way to healing. There is usually no resulting scar unless you have suffered from third degree burns, but long-term exposure can cause the UV radiation damage to go much deeper and make the risk of skin cancer increase.
There are some wonderful natural remedies that are very effective in treating sun poisoning essential oils are very beneficial due to their anti inflammatory properties, such as lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, neroli and rosemary. Aloe vera is also very healing and has been used as an anti-inflammatory for years, it can be included in compresses and lotions to protect against the effects of UV ray exposure.
After sun healing spray
Half a cup of distilled water
Half a cup of witch hazel lotion
3 tbs of aloe vera gel or juice “the whole leaf extract is the best”.
8 drops of essential oil lavender
2 drops of chamomile
1 drop of geranium
1 teaspoon of honey
In a large bowl, combine the water, witch hazel and aloe together with the essential oils and honey and mix well.
Soaking in a bath that is abundant in healing herbs, soothing essential oils and aloe vera, is the best way to calm inflamed sunburnt skin. It is best to prepare a strong herbal infusion earlier and then add the anti-inflammatory essential oils after. Combine 2 tbs of the following herbs: Calendula, comfrey, raspberry leaf or slippery elm and make a strong infusion, pour boiling water over them and allow to steep for 20 to 30 minutes then strain and set aside.
Sun Burn Relief Soak
Half a cup of baking soda
Half a cup of cider vinegar or witch hazel lotion
4 tbs of aloe vera juice or gel
2 tbs of honey
6 drops of lavender
2 drops of camomile to calm and soothe
2 drops of peppermint which is cooling
Combine this mixture with the herbal water and then add to the bath.
Soak in the bath in cool water for 15 minutes and then follow with the healing spray.