If you have had too much sun, here are a few natural sunburn relief remedies that you can find in your kitchen…

We know we must use sunscreen, but when we’re having fun outdoors, it’s easy to forget to reapply it and end up getting burnt.

“The effects of mildly sunburnt skin can be treated though,” says Professor Patrick Bouic, an independent researcher for Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals. And you won’t have to look further than your kitchen for those remedies.

As South Africa observes Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Bouic shares a few tips on how to treat sunburn naturally: 

Milk is magic

Few people know that milk can effectively help treat sunburn.

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The fat, protein and pH of milk have a soothing anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. What’s more, if chilled, the cold temperature constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling.

Decant a few millilitres of milk into a bowl, dip a facecloth in it, and dab the cloth on the affected area.  

Buchu is best

Buchu is an age-old miracle herb with endless skin benefits. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties treat the pain and discomfort of sunburn and the herb’s anti-histamine properties alleviate itching.

Reach for Buchulife’s clear and cooling topical First Aid Gel and apply to the affected area. For added cooling action, keep the tube in the fridge.  

Related: How to protect against skin cancer this summer

Rooibos to the rescue

Rooibos is known to help soothe the sting of sunburnt skin.

Don’t limit your use of rooibos to a cup of tea. Instead, let the teabag steep in a cup of warm water, drain the excess water from the bag, and dab it on areas affected by sunburn.

If your province is not experiencing dire water shortages, run a bath, add a few teabags and hop in.

Water is a wonder

Sunburn equals dehydrated skin. So, if you can’t take a cool shower; use a cool compress soaked in a little water to help treat your sunburnt skin. Remember to also drink plenty of water – keeping well-hydrated helps the body to heal better naturally.

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