Fun in the sun – foods to soothe sunburn and other advice

19 Jun, 2017

Fun in the sun – foods to soothe sunburn and other advice

So, we all love the sun and, even though we know we should take care not to burn, sometimes it happens.
Sunburn is known to cause skin cancer, particularly melanoma, and the number of people with it is increasing due to the ease of getting to exotic locations for our 2 week holiday. Sudden exposure to hot sun for those of us living in the northern hemisphere increases our chance of this nasty illness.
So, stay safe in the sun, slip, slap slop is the key.
Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat and slop on the sun lotion. Also, seek the shade, especially between midday and 3.00pm
But if sunburn does happen, and OUCH does it hurt,
try these remedies.  Note of caution here, not all these have been tested  personally but they may be worth a try.
Put some porridge oats in a bath of cool water and soak your skin. Or you can put in gauze , soak it in water and dab it on the burnt area.
Soak tea bags in hot water, allow to cool and use as a compress on your face. This soothes the skin really well.
Mash some strawberries and apply to the skin. Leave on for a few minutes until the skin feels less anguished and rinse off.
Cucumber mashed up and added to cool water. Dab onto the skin.
Aloe is a well known skin soother and can be bought as a cream as a natural alternative to chemical based products.
And on a nutritional note, eating fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet will mean that your skin is in the best condition.
 These are the lazy hazy crazy days of summer, enjoy them whilst they are here, but stay safe in the sun.

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