Symptoms of a sunburn may begin 1 hour to 24 hours after sun exposure and usually reach their peak in 2 to 3 days.
Dehydration often accompanies sunburn. Be sure to stay hydrated.
- Aloe Vera Gel: a remarkable effective treatment for any kind of burn. Aloe relieves discomfort, speeds healing and also helps to moisturize the skin and relieve dryness. Gently apply a thin layer of Aloe Vera Gel to the sunburned area. Reapply it every hour until the pain is gone.
- Calendula & St. John’s Wort Salve: apply salve to badly burned areas. These two herbs have antiseptic properties, act as a pain killer for burns and promote healing of skin wounds.
- Herbal Bath: An herbal bath can help minimize the stinging and pain of a sunburn. Add 6 cups of chamomile tea or 6 drops of chamomile oil to a lukewarm tubful of water. Soak in the bath for 30 minutes or more. Lavender oil is also good and can be used in place of chamomile oil if you wish.
For sunburn prevention, add to your sunscreen the contents of 1 capsule each of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium to help prevent free radical damage to the skin.