Here's an article which shares some natural tips for soothing sunburn...
Summer provides the opportunity for vitamin D3 and sunbathing and tanning for many who have been confined to the indoors for several months. It is also a time for more outdoor activities under the sun. But overdoing it, especially at first, leads to sunburn for most.
Knowing how to sooth and heal sunburns naturally is to your advantage. Here are eight natural sunburn remedy tips:
Ideally you will avoid sunburn by preparing your skin for UVB exposure Healthy Fellow Natural Sunscreen Options the sooner you start on ALL this natural anti inflammatory regimes the better.
Regular SHORT NON-BURNING UVB exposures through the winter will harden the skin and enhance the ability to withstand sun without burning.
Each of the suggestions work on their own and in conjunction with the others, so please don't think it's one or the other, ideally you will use as many as are possible for as long as is possible and combine them.
We have to remember that humans evolved as creatures that lived mainly outdoor lives without clothing or sunscreens.
All of our foods were naturally free range pasture fed organic so everything naturally was higher in omega 3 and lower in omega 6 than modern foods. It's not that big a deal to take sufficient omega 3 to keep your omega 3 ratio around 1<>1 with omega 6. Fish oil/krill/EPA/DHA are readily available and whole brown flax/linseed is easlly/quickly ground to a meal.
Naturally humans living naked outdoor lives attain and maintain vitamin D levels around the 50ng/ml 1225nmol/l level at which point Vitamin D is at it's most potent anti inflammatory potential. If your 25(OH)D is less than 50ng/ml then it's your fault if you easily get sunburnt. It only cost £12.50~£15 for a years supply of 5000iu D3/d.
I can't say enough about this. Coconut oil contains vitamin F -- this is what UVB rays deplete and is what causes sunburn. (Source: Ultimate Healing System by Lepore, N.D. ask for the page if you want it).
This blows away aloe vera gel. That and most aloe vera gel you find readily available has lots of other junk in it (like green dye).
I had a corn allergy for years and coconut oil was a lifesaver, since every sunblock and just about all remedies for sunburn have corn in them. I live in the South and I can't stay out of the sun all the time.
I used coconut oil in place of sunblock and never got a sunburn. I was a little careful of course and tried to stay off the beach or use a beach umbrella, of course.
But I've used coconut oil for mild sunburns (and burns generally) on my kids and the next day it's gone already.
So even if you want to use sunblock, probably rubbing in some coconut oil before you even use the sunblock will give you an added measure of protection.
One year, I was using coconut oil for moisturizer on my face. I liked it, because it did not make me look oily. Coconut oil is well absorbed. I even used it for deodorant. It took a long time to get any color that year.
‘Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.’ Sir Winston Churchill
Coconut oil for deodorant works very well all by itself. It is a powerful antibiotic (just what is needed), antifungal, and antiviral. Another thing I use is one of those deodorant stones. Perfect for sensitive skin. It is a mineral stone. Some say it may contain mercury. If so, I know it contains other minerals that will bind to the mercury so that it is not bioavailable.
Ah...wintergreen. Mint turns out to be one of my most severe allergies. I seem ok with it now, but it was so bad I'm hesitant to get anywhere near the stuff still.
Mint? Ughh! That's bad. You probably have to watch out for most of the 3000 plants in that family. Such as sage, thyme, germander, marjoram, the basils, and hyssop. Similar problem with me. My body reacts to pineapple, one of my most allergic foods. One of the most helpful enzymes for sinuses, ear problems, and inflammation is bromelain. This comes from the stem of the pineapple. Also found in many mulivitamins. This just creates more inflammation.