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 milk to heal the pain of a sunburn  Everyone wants to have the perfect tan. It’s pleasing to the eye and many find a nice tan to be very attractive. However, the prefect tan is something that no one has really perfected. Therefore we continue to go out in the sun with no protection or we use lotions and oils to help increase our likely hood of changing our skin tone. But more often than not we end up with a sunburn, which many of us know usually is accompanied by a lot of pain. Sometimes the pain subsides quickly but most times the pain remains for several days after the sunburn is attained. Usually once people get a sunburn they will plan more carefully in the future to use sun block but this still doesn’t prevent many of us from getting sun burnt.  Therefore if you know you will be exposed to the sun for an unlimited amount of time, be prepared for when you come home. Natural home remedies for sunburns will help to relieve the pain of a sunburn more quickly and effectively than store bought products. Home remedies are also better for the healing process of the skin and will rejuvenate the skin.

1. Cool Milk Compresses: - The fat and lactic acids in milk are known to have soothing qualities for sunburned skin. Soak a soft cloth or cotton gauze in cool whole milk, and dab carefully onto the burned skin. Do this for around 20 minutes, and follow by rinsing off with cool water. When using this remedy it is important to only use whole milk due to the fat content. Other milks don’t have enough fat content to help relieve the symptoms of a sunburn.

2. Cool, sugarless tea: - The tannin in tea is the active ingredient here. Tannin is a chemical compound in tealeaves that contain antioxidant qualities, which helps to soothe and relieve some of the discomfort of sunburned skin. Brew tealeaves by boiling them in hot water. Allow the leaves to steep in the pot for several minutes. Then allow the pot to cool completely. Use a sponge or washcloth to wipe the tea onto the affected sunburn. Another way to apply this is to fill a spray bottle and spray the tea onto the skin.

3. Aloe Vera: - Aloe Vera is commonly used to treat sunburns. As well as providing soothing relief, it may also assist in the healing process. Apply to the affected areas as needed. Although the gel extracted directly from an aloe Vera plant works best, if you don’t have one readily accessible, you may use an over the counter Aloe Vera Cream that contains the gel. Make sure that the cream contains a higher concentration of Aloe Vera than it does water or other solutions.

4. Water: - When exposed to the sun, your body loses water and essential body salts. Dehydration occurs when your body loses too much fluid, and begins to reabsorb fluid from the blood and other body tissues. To prevent the consequences of dehydration, increase your fluid intake especially when exposed to the sun for long periods to ensure you adequately re-hydrate your body for optimum recovery and health.

Sunburns should of course be avoided when possible. Sunburns have adverse affects not only to the skin physically but studies have shown that prolonged sun exposure over time may lead to skin cancer. Prevention and protection is the best way to avoid a sunburn.

DISCLAIMER: These are home remedy tips only, and should not replace your regular health care provider. If in doubt at any time in relation to your sunburn, please seek the appropriate health care assistance.