This is a well-known fact but one which many of us often don’t think about when enjoying a day out in the sun.
If you’re sunburnt, this shows that UV radiation has damaged the DNA in your skin cells. It’s bad news and probably very painful. But, what can you do?
Well, thankfully the answer is – a lot. To ease the pain, you should start by taking a cold shower or bath.
Don’t rub your skin dry, but instead pat it gently. If you’re in a lot of pain, take a few painkillers to help you sleep and drink extra water.
Most importantly, when your skin is burnt, you should stay out of the sun. Make sure you either stay inside or completely cover up when going out.
To ease the pain a little, you can also choose a soothing essential oil to help treat your sunburn.
Essential oils for sunburns are very useful and you may even have a few already in the house. In this article, we’ll run down some of the options for you when treating sunburn with essential oils.
How to Create Treatments using Essential Oils for Sunburns
Firstly, it’s all well and good knowing the best oils to use, but how exactly should you use them?
As well as following the directions in this article, you could also consider creating a spray, salve or cream to make application easier.
To make a cream, simply add the essential oil to coconut oil which is thicker and easier to spread. For a spray, simply add a couple of drops of oil to some water.
Then, why not keep your spray in the fridge so that the cooling effect is even more prominent?
If you’re just a beginner in the world of essential oils, don’t worry. It’s simple to buy some oil and create your own sunburn treatments!
Let’s take a look at some of the best essential oils for sunburns:
1. Cool Down with Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is made from the eucalyptus tree. However, only certain species of the tree make the cut.
It has a range of uses including treating asthma, sinusitis, colds and coughs, allergies and, of course, sunburn.
This essential oil will work to cool down your sunburn. Better yet, it also offers pain relief and will help with any inflammations of the skin.
As well as this, eucalyptus oil also offers antibacterial qualities which can help your skin remain free from bacteria while it heals.
A handy alternative property of this oil is that it also repels rats. What’s not to love about that?
2. Relax with Lavender Oil
This is a very popular oil which many people have in their homes already. Of course, we are all recommended to sniff lavender is we’re struggling to sleep.
But, when it comes to essential oils for sunburns, another handy property of lavender oil is that it can reduce skin irritation or pain.
Other uses for this oil are to: help with diabetes, reduce anxiety or stress, improve brain function and aid sleep, relieve pain, reduce acne or help with a headache.
Lavender oil is a very popular choice thanks to its many uses and isn’t expensive to buy from stores. But, it should be used wisely as it may be a “potential endocrine disruptor.”
For adults, when it comes to sunburn, lavender oil is particularly useful to use when you’re facing itchy, dry skin. Better yet, it can also reduce peeling.
It’s ok to apply lavender oil to your sunburn directly. However, you might want to consider buying it as a moisturizer or adding it to another oil to create a cream.
3. Smell Fresh with Peppermint Oil
Are you sunburnt and lacking in energy? Peppermint oil could be the solution to your problems.
Interestingly, this oil is one of the oldest European herbs used for medicine and is a hybrid species of water mint and spearmint.
It is now used for aiding muscle pain, flu, coughs or asthma, increasing your energy and relieving itches.
As well as offering relief from sunburn, it can also be used to prevent it too. (However, always remember to use suncream for full protection!)
Rather than directly applying peppermint oil to your skin, consider mixing it with water or coconut oil.
4. Clean the Area with Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is well known for being a useful antiseptic. It is great for helping those with acne or other skin problems. But, did you know it can also be used for treating sunburn?
Some interesting uses of tea tree oil include: killing mold, disinfectant and cleaning.
However, it’s also an essential oil we regularly see in massage oils, skin creams and hair products.
When it comes to sunburn, this oil can help reduce the size of the burn. However, you may be sensitive to tea tree oil, so first try it by rubbing a small amount into your skin.
If there appear to be no problems here after a day or two, then add the oil to some coconut oil and apply it to your sunburn.
Bear in mind that if you use too much, it can cause a slightly burning or tingling sensation. When this happens, don’t apply more straight away.
Got a Bad Case of Sunburn? See Your Doctor
When it comes to being in the sun for long periods of time, you need to be careful. Prevention is much better than treatment.
So, do not rely on these essential oils to prevent skin cancer. Although essential oils for sunburns are useful, you should also be applying suncream regularly.
Furthermore, cover up skin in the sun and spend time in the shade during the hottest periods of the day.
If worst case scenario strikes and you have a bad case of sunburn, then firstly soothe it as best you can.
However, if your sunburn does not improve after a week, then it may be worth consulting your doctor so that they can prescribe medicine.