We are in the middle of summer and I know many of you all are out enjoying this nice weather. And with more outdoor exposure I know that some of you all are suffering or will be suffering from a painful sunburn before the season is over.
Please do not be mistaken by thinking since you are a minority or not fair skinned that you cannot be subjected to sunburn. This tall tale is so far from the truth. If you have skin you can be burned.
And I know first hand that this can be a miserable thing to go through. While there is no cure for sunburn there are home remedies that can help soothe the pain and make things bearable.
According to Livestong the following is how to make a all natural oatmeal paste to help with a painful sunburn.
- 1 cup oatmeal
- Food processor/blender
- Make oatmeal paste at home with a food processor or blender and the same plain oatmeal you eat for breakfast. Add dry oatmeal to the food processor and blend or pulse until the oatmeal is a fine powder. Pour the oatmeal powder into a bowl and add just enough water to make a fine paste. Use distilled or purified water when available, to reduce possible irritants. Some people like to add a drop of honey to the oatmeal paste.
- Smear the oatmeal paste on localized sunburns. Completely cover the affected area, smearing a little on the nearby skin which may appear healthy but which has suffered tissue damage. Use your fingers to gently apply the paste to your sunburned areas, as cotton balls or towels tend to leave strands of material which may irritate your sensitive skin. Leave the oatmeal paste on your skin, reapplying new coats over existing layers whenever necessary.
- Add the oatmeal paste to bath water to sooth large areas of burned skin. Bathe as often as necessary to provide comfort. Do not add other chemicals, like bubble bath solution, to the oatmeal-treated water. Burned skin absorbs chemicals more readily. Oatmeal contains four substances known to be beneficial to your skin. Polysaccharides in oatmeal break down into a gelatinous substance when you add water; this substance forms a protective barrier on top of your skin, which inhibits drying. Oatmeal proteins help your skin heal itself. Saponins in oatmeal gently lift dirt from your skin pores without irritation. Oatmeal also contains natural fats which hydrate your sunburned skin.
- Continue treatment as long as the pain is present. The pain and redness associated with sunburned skin typically emerge several hours after exposure to the sun has damaged your skin cells. Oatmeal pastes will not prevent further damage to your skin cells but oatmeal treatment will prevent new skin from drying out while reducing your pain