In the summer, many people enjoy sunbathing and forget one of the most important things – moderation. But once the damage is done, there’s nothing you can do but use, for example, Aloe Vera to treat sunburned skin.
Why is a sunburn dangerous?
There is no person on earth who has not suffered a sunburn in their lifetime. In the summer, this can happen not only on the beach, but also during any outdoor activity, including sports, work, gardening, hiking, or even relaxing.
Sunburn is caused by the UV rays from the sun and can actually be called short-term skin damage. If you’re lucky, the pain and redness will soon go away, but the skin doesn’t forget: every sunburn contributes to the aging of the skin, to the wrinkles and it even increases the risk of skin cancer.
The easiest way to protect yourself from sunburn is, of course, prevention, using sunscreen cosmetics and appropriate clothing, and avoiding direct sunlight. However, if we have not been careful and the problem has already happened, the focus should be on treatment.
If the burn is not severe (no blisters on the skin), you do not need to see a doctor, but can use at home methods such as treating the sunburned skin with Aloe Vera.
How does Aloe Vera help treat the sunburned skin?
Aloe Vera is an herb that is a real “jolly joker” in skin care. Tests have shown that it contains more than 20 types of minerals, 18 types of amino acids and many vitamins. It also has proven anti-inflammatory, analgesic and cell regenerating effects. No wonder that it is one of the main active ingredients in many sunburn remedies.
You can have Aloe Vera at home as a houseplant, but it’s easier to use it as a ready-to-use cream. Because the freshly extracted gel does not keep for long. And with an Aloe Vera cream, you just have to apply it to the skin, no preparation is needed. When used specifically for treating a sunburn, we recommend to store it in the fridge to not only soothe but to also cool the hurt and irritated skin.
Aloe Vera speeds up the regeneration process, so redness disappears faster, pain is reduced and the skin is healed. If you experience peeling after a few days, don’t be alarmed, it’s a natural part of the healing process. The body gets rid of damaged skin cells and underneath you will find new and healthy skin. However, this new skin is highly sensitive to light, so don’t forget to use sunscreen to avoid getting sunburned again!
Aloe Vera creams can also be used on the face, but you should also try the Aloe soothing mask from the Cell Concept product family, which hydrates, soothes and tones at the same time.
What methods should I avoid?
You’ll find countless home remedies for burned skin on the internet, some of which do more harm than good. For example the alcohol, lemon soup or vinegar poultices. These are extremely dehydrating and irritating to the skin and can increase pain, so avoid them at all costs!
An old “tried and tested” method is applying cold sour cream or yoghurt to the burned area, but this is also not recommended, as the fats in these leave a layer on the skin that prevents it from getting air properly and this slows down the healing. Ice should also be used with care, as it can cause frostbite. The best natural way to treat sunburned skin is Aloe Vera, which is also available in a cream form in our web shop.