I recently posted about how to make your own Homemade Sunscreen. I still stand by the “recipe” despite the mini firestorm of comments it spawned. :-)
One of the comments to this post included a DIY Sunburn Spray made from essential oils which I thought was a brilliant idea.
Because let’s face it, despite our best efforts, sometimes we are just going to BLOW IT and get a doozie of a sunburn.
(But hopefully not as bad as Will Ferrell’s!)
While I haven’t tried this recipe exactly…I have used Lavender Oil on many burns and stings and it works WONDERS!
But if you don’t happen to have any essential oils on hand or you’re on vacation, I recently discovered another Sunburn Pain Remedy on Instructables.com that should I need it (Heaven forbid!), I plan on trying, because it comes VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by many people who HAVE tried it…and all you need are a few tea bags!
STEP ONE: git nekkid! The best way to apply this is “in the buff” so you don’t have to worry about getting it on your clothes.
Hmmmm….Maybe that should actually be STEP TWO…or THREE. Let me start over.
STEP ONE (again): Fill a pitcher with warm water and drop in three bags of BLACK TEA. The tannic acid and theobromine in black tea helps remove heat from sunburn. Other compounds in tea, called catechins, help prevent and repair skin damage.
Let the tea bags soak until the water has turned a rich, dark black color. Let the tea mixture cool to a lukewarm temperature.
NOW you can git nekkid! :-)
STEP TWO: Once you are “nekkid”…dip a soft rag into the tea and dab it gently onto the sunburn. DO NOT WIPE OFF! Let your burned skin absorb the mixture. Once its dry, re-apply as necessary, but don’t wash off.
Just before bedtime is the ideal time to try this healing potion so it has time to work its magic while you sleep. In the morning wash it off in the shower. The sunburn should be significantly better, if not completely gone.
The sooner you can apply the tea after you get the burn, the more effective it will be.
THANKFULLY I haven’t had to try this…and HOPEFULLY I won’t NEED to…but chances are I will…at some point. So I am definitely going to keep this method filed away until it’s inevitably needed.
One last note: once the pain of a bad sunburn has subsided….to avoid peeling…..Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize.
I suggest Aloe Vera LOTION (not the gel…it contains alcohol and is too drying)
My PERSONAL FAVORITE…Coconut Oil. Apply liberally at least twice a day until the burn is healed.
And after all this is said….
I hope you never have to use ANY of these suggestions this summer! PRACTICE SAFE SUN!