If you spend a little too much time in the sun without properly shielding your delicate skin, there are a variety of all natural remedies to help heal and soothe the damaged areas.
* A compress dipped in a homemade cooling mix will help calm the sting. Try a mixture of 1 part skim milk or 1 part baking soda with 4 parts cold water.
* Make a mixture of equal parts cornstarch and water and apply directly to the skin.
* Use raw vegetable slices to cool and soothe. Apply thin slices of cold cucumbers, potatoes or apples to the affected area.
* Boil lettuce in water. Strain and refrigerate the water for several hours. Later, use cotton balls to blot the cooled water onto the burned skin.
* Apply plain, cold yogurt to the skin and then rinse it off with a cool shower.
* Apply calamine or calendula oil to calm the burning sensation, reduce inflammation and promote skin healing.
* Natural aloe vera has soothing properties that cool on contact and aids in the healing process.
* Comfrey contains allantoin, an active ingredient that stimulates cell regeneration. It is available as a juice and a lotion.
* Green tea bags can be applied to the eyelids to reduce swelling and inflammation associated with overexposure to the sun.
- Mix half of a cut lettuce leaf with 8-10 oz of ice water until you have a green puree that resembles milk shake in consistency. Drink slowly to treat acid indigestion.
- If you do not handle spicy foods well, chew a small piece of raw potato, approximately the size of your thumb, for a while before swallowing it. Relief will come within a minute or two.