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5 Home remedies for sunburns

When we are exposed to the sun for long, our skin becomes tanned, red, painful and may start to peel. Light skinned people are more prone to sun burns than dark skinned people.  Here are some home remedies to alleviate the pain and get rid of sunburns

1 Cucumber

Cucumber contains analgesic and anti-oxidant properties. It is able to relieve pain from sunburn and promote healing very fast.
Slice some cucumbers and place on your skin. After a while, flip the cucumber and place the other side on your skin.  You may also blend cucumber and apply as a mask on your skin if you are comfortable with applying paste on your skin.

2 Aloe vera

Aloe Vera is a very powerful medicinal plant and has excellent healing properties. It is used for rashes on the skin and is also used to treat and alleviate the symptoms of sunburn. 
Get some fresh Aloe vera leaves and open it up in the middle, as if you are peeling a banana. Place the fleshy liquid part on your sun burn. If your sunburn is on a large area of your skin, you might consider scooping out the Aloe Vera gel and applying on your body.  You may choose to allow the gel on your body or wash it of after an hour. Do this twice a day until your sunburn is healed. You can also buy Aloe Vera gel from a shop, Use Aloe Vera soaps and creams to take a bath.

3 increase your intake of water and fruits
Hydrating the body is very important in speeding up the healing process. 
 
4 Apply vinegar on your sunburn

Applying vinegar to your skin cools it down, stops the burning sensation and hydrates your body. you can also chose to add vinegar to your bath water.

5 Baking soda paste
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Get some baking soda depending on the amount of skin affected by sun burn. Add cold water to it little by little until it becomes a paste. Smear it on the sunburn till you feel relieved. You can then rinse it off with clean water. 
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