Our founder, Dr Nitasha Buldeo, was asked about home remedies to treat sunburn. Here are some of her tips.
Rosewater is made from rose petals and distilled water. It is known to soothe, heal and cool your skin and scalp. I remember as a child playing out in the South African sun all day and complaining to my grandmother that I had a headache. Out came the home distilled rose water. She poured a small amount onto her palms and then would put it onto the crown of my head applying pressure as she allowed the rosewater to be absorbed by hair and scalp. If smelled wonderful and always worked. Rosewater was also sprayed on red, inflamed sun burned skin to soothe and heal. Its’ one of the reasons we use organic rose distillate and rose oil in the entire Organic Apoteke Rejuvenating Range of products. And the Rejuvenating Face Cream is wonderful to soothe sunburn due to its high concentration of rosewater and rose oil.
Slices of Cucumber
To quickly cool irritated skin, place slices of cucumber on the affected area. It soothes and cools and the water from cucumber rehydrates the skin. Cucumber contains caffeic acid that can reduce the burning sensation in the skin.
Aloe Vera Gel
Once again South African memories – for severe sunburn where skin blisters use aloe-vera gel. It soothes skin immediately. And with regular application it speeds up healing. Acemannan is the main functional ingredient in Aloe Vera. It is a complex carbohydrate known to accelerate wound healing and reduces radiation induced skin reactions.