While some amount of sun exposure is essential for triggering vitamin D synthesis in the body, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight causes sunburn. You can even burn your skin by lying on a tanning bed for several hours.
Symptoms of sunburn might not appear instantly. It might take several hours to notice the sunburn symptoms. The affected areas of the skin become red and swollen. Severe sunburn causes blisters and severe pain.
Sunburn treatment with aloe
Sunburn should not be ignored. If left untreated it can damage the blood vessels of the skin. The skin might lose its elasticity and wrinkles would ruin your appearance.
Besides prescription and over-the-counter medications, certain herbs could effectively treat sunburns. Aloe vera is one such herb that is highly recommended for treating sunburn. Aloe vera is called the ‘burn plant’. It could be used for curing all types of burns including sunburns.
How aloe treats sunburn
Aloe is an effective painkiller. It is a source of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is also present in powerful pain relief medications such as aspirin. Aloe could therefore reduce pain caused by sunburn.
Aloe also helps to sooth the skin. It reduces irritation and discomfort caused by sunburn. Aloe gel is a source of glycans and gibberellins, two anti-inflammatory plant substances. These anti-inflammatory components of aloe gel could reduce skin inflammation.
Aloe also prevents scaring. It helps to cure the blisters without producing ugly scars. Nutrients in aloe gel also promote formation of new skin cells. Lignins present in aloe could accelerate the healing process.
Besides applying aloe gel to the affected areas of the skin, you can also drink aloe juice to treat sunburn. Aloe juice helps to strengthen the immune system.
A strong immune system helps to boost the healing process. Moreover, aloe juice could reduce the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. This helps to lower the risk of further sunburn.
How to apply aloe
Aloe lotions, available in drug stores, could be used for treating sunburn. If you have an aloe plant at home, you can even break an aloe leaf and apply the gel on the sunburned areas of the skin. The gel or the lotion should be applied to the sunburned areas at least twice a day, until the burn heals.