Everyone forgets to apply or reapply sunscreen when enjoying the outdoors, but the side effects can quickly turn into a painful inconvenience. No one wants to be left with red, dehydrated and inflamed skin, so it’s important to look for effective ways to help treat sunburn when you find yourself feeling the heat.
Treating sunburns naturally helps to build and retain moisture levels, calms inflammation while repairing and protecting your skin’s barrier from radical damage. So, we’ve put together some of our favourite natural ingredients that will help you heal your skin and treat sunburn naturally.
How Long Does Sunburn Last?
Sunburn happens when your skin is overexposed to UV light, so the severity of sunburn will depend on the intensity of sunlight, skin type and the length of exposure.
Mild sunburns usually take about three to five days to heal, leaving your skin a pink-reddish colour. You are likely to feel mild pain when you touch the affected area, and the skin may begin to peel as the skin cells begin to regenerate.
Moderate sunburns are painful and inflamed skin can be hot, sore or tender to touch. The skin appears redder and usually takes about a week or so for it to completely heal and the skin will still continue to peel.
Severe sunburns cause extremely red skin that can severely blister and may require a visit to the hospital. Recovery can take up to two weeks to fully recover and requires plenty of rest and hydration.
The Benefits of Natural Ingredients for Treating Sunburn
Using natural ingredients to help ease and relieve sunburn pain offers a gentle way to soothe and hydrate without aggravating the skin. Sunburns can dehydrate, damage, inflame, and leave your skin feeling tender. It's essential to use gentle products that can moisturise, heal, rejuvenate and protect.
Natural ingredients ease and effectively treat sunburn damage without using harsh chemicals or causing harmful side effects.
8 Natural Ingredients to Treat Sunburn Naturally
Sunburns easily aggravate the skin, leaving it to feel raw and extremely dehydrated and tender. Using natural ingredients to treat sunburn offer gentle relief to soothe, hydrate and protect the skin from radical damage from pollutants and further environmental damage. Here are eight natural ingredients that are known to help treat and soothe sunburn:
Witch hazel heals aged, damaged skin and is widely known for its natural compounds to soothe inflamed skin and sunburns. In fact, according to a 2013 study, witch hazel is extremely potent in tannin antioxidants with powerful anti-inflammatory effects found to effectively ease inflamed skin.
Its combination of polyphenol and tannin antioxidants also promotes skin growth and reduces irritation, making it perfect to soothe sunburn and encourage healing.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit essential oil is a natural antibacterial agent and is filled with antioxidants to clean and protect your skin from environmental and radical damage. When absorbed, grapefruit essential oil encourages a healthy immune system while promoting calmness and stress relief and is a great option for damaged, dehydrated skin.
Mandarin Essential Oil
Mandarin essential oil calms you from the inside out and is packed with anti-inflammatory properties. It will deeply penetrate below the surface to improve the circulation of blood and lymph and is filled with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Overall, promoting clean, healthy skin by locking in moisture.
Shea butter restores skin elasticity, soothes, and reduces the appearance of scarring and stretch marks and a high concentration of fatty acids and antioxidants. With natural anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, shea butter works wonders for moisture retention and acts as a protectant against radical damage and pollutants from the environment.
Healing sunburns can take up to several weeks to completely heal; shea butter deeply penetrates the skin and builds moisture back into the skin and repairs the epidermal barriers. This makes shea butter perfect for soothing while providing protection and replenishment to gently repair the skin.
Sea buckthorn has extremely high levels of Vitamins A, C, and E, high concentration of fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-7. As a natural anti-inflammatory agent, sea buckthorn dates back to ancient Chinese remedies and is effective in reducing redness and increasing moisture retention. Sea buckthorn deeply penetrates the skin and replenishes moisture, and is a popular choice for soothing inflamed skin while encouraging healing.
Camellia Tea Oil
Camellia tea oil is filled with fatty acids, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging abilities to soothe and increase skin elasticity while smoothing the skin. As a powerful antioxidant, camellia tea oil is rich in Vitamin A, C and E, reduces the appearance of minor scars and replenishes moisture, making it perfect to ease sunburn. It also acts as a protectant against radical damage while repairing dry, inflamed skin.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is rich in fatty acids such as linoleic and oleic acids, omega-3 and omega-6, making it a powerful soothing agent for sunburnt skin. With its anti-inflammatory properties, hemp seed oil also matches lipids in our body to replenish moisture, soothes the skin and promotes collagen production.
Jojoba oil is rich in nutrients, promotes healing, increases skin elasticity and is known to reduce redness and dryness in the skin by deeply penetrating the skin to retain moisture. Packed with anti-inflammatory abilities and antioxidants, jojoba oil can also mimic sebum and balances oil production to help heal and soothe dehydrated skin.
Discover Black Chicken Remedies Natural Body Balms & Hydrating Misters
Black Chicken Remedies provide an all-natural selection of skincare remedies, including natural body balms and natural hydrating misters to soothe sunburns. Our all-natural product range hydrates, repairs and relieves sensitive, inflamed, damaged or irritated skin while protecting against pollutants and toxins.
Packed with natural antioxidant ingredients, our range of products provide a cruelty-free alternative without harsh chemicals or additives to heal, protect and soothe all skin types.
Balm of Ages Body Balm
What is Balm of Ages?
Our Balm of Ages organic body balm is a multi-purpose, 100% natural remedy designed to hydrate and soothe sensitive, damaged, irritated and overexposed skin. Combining a nourishing formula of sea buckthorn, camellia tea oil, shea butter, jojoba oil and hemp seed oil protects against radical damage, repairs skin damage and encourages healing.
With its high concentration of fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties, the Balm of Ages restores and repairs skin elasticity, elevates moisture retention and soothes red, irritated and inflamed skin.
How to Apply Balm of Ages
To apply for sunburn relief, rub a small amount onto your hands until it melts then apply to skin and any areas of concern, including face, elbows, behind the knees, and arms.
For more information on how to apply Balm of Ages, check out our video guide.
Hydrate My Face - Hydrating Mist
What is Hydrate My Face?
Black Chicken Remedies’ Hydrate My Face mist is formulated using organic essential oils and floral waters to remedy and protect skin from pollutants, toxins and sun damage. With a rejuvenating combination of witch hazel, grapeseed essential oil and mandarin essential oil, our hydrating mist can work deep into the skin. This encourages circulation of the blood and lymph and promotes immune system health.
Its natural antibacterial properties and antioxidant ingredients cleans, moisturises and protect skin from toxins and pollutants. Our organic mist also assists with product absorption, making it a great option for setting make-up.
How to Apply Hydrate My Face
- Shake gently before use
- Spritz 2-4 times to tone the face, avoiding contact with eyes, before applying serum to increase moisture penetration
- Apply as often as required
For more information on how to apply Hydrate My Face, check out our video guide.
Natural Remedies for Sunburn Prevention
Sunburn can be very painful, leaving your skin extremely sensitive. Natural remedies provide gentle relief without aggravating the skin while helping to cool and soothe sunburn:
- Apply cool water gently on skin
- Apply 100% Aloe vera gel or direct from the plant onto skin for immediate soothing relief
- Apply cooled down chamomile tea bags onto your sunburn to soothe skin
- Wear loose clothing to avoid aggravating skin
- Drink lots of water to hydrate
- Regularly apply scent and dye-free moisturiser
Importance of a Natural Skincare Routine
Implementing natural ingredients into your skincare routines provides a rich source of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids to restore, repair and nourish damaged and irritated skin. With natural anti-inflammatory properties, natural ingredients offer intense moisture retention and pain relief for sun-damaged skin.
Sun-damaged skin is highly sensitive to the elements and can be easily irritated when using chemically-laden products, causing further unnecessary damage to your skin barrier. Natural ingredients offer a gentle, cruelty-free alternative while providing strong protection against radical environmental damage and UV protection suitable for all skin types.
Enjoy a Natural Skincare Routine with Black Chicken Remedies
Black Chicken Remedies offers a selection of natural body balms, skincare and hydration products using natural ingredients easily implemented into any skincare routine to help with irritated, overexposed or damaged skin.
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