A good friend of mine is a marine biologist and has spent years in the sun, he swears that the best cure for sunburn is an asprin – as it reduced inflammation and redness – and helps relieve the pain. He was right, it does work, but if you want a more natural form of sunburn relief try a cooling natural wrap from cucumber or aloe vera.
1 kilo cucumber (best if cooled first in the fridge)
2 drops lavender oil
2 drops camomile oil
Peel the cucumber and blend, add the lavender (this will help prevent peeling) and the camomile (which has calming properties.) Rub over the sunburned areas and wrap yourself in a thin sarong. The cucumber will draw the heat out of the burns.
*You can also try thinly slicing chilled cucumber and applying directly to the skin – this words particularly well on the face.
Aloe can be applied directly to the skin. Just slice open and rub the flesh onto the skin, or mix in a blender with cucumber and a little vitamin E oil.