The benefits of the sun stretch far and wide – sun exposure is essential not only for vitamin D production but also for balancing your hormones, lifting your mood, and even boosting your immunity. In fact, a Swedish study found that women who avoid the sun actually have a higher risk of mortality than those who spend time sunbathing.
While time spent in the sun is clearly beneficial to our health, it goes without saying that it’s still extremely important to take precautions to protect our skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation – wearing an appropriate sunscreen when needed, covering up at the beach, seeking shade when you’ve had enough, and even eating a diet that supports skin health.
Despite the many benefits that a good dose of sunshine brings, some people require more sun exposure than others for optimal health, so knowing your body and skin type is key!
And even with the best of intentions, most of us have caught just a little too much sun at some point! For those of us who have accidentally spent too long in the sun or forgotten to reapply sunscreen after a dip in the ocean, here are some natural remedies that can help reduce pain and redness and support the body’s healing process!
Drink plenty of water. Sunburn is very drying for the skin, and we’re often quite dehydrated after spending time in the sun. While it’s important to drink water all day, extra hydration is essential if you’ve gotten a little frazzled in the sun!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Diluting apple cider vinegar in water and applying it to a sunburn is thought to be a great remedy! Try combining one cup of water with one cup of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz directly onto your sunburn to soothe the pain.
One of my personal favourites! Coconut oil is great for alleviating pain, minimizing redness, and moisturizing your skin to prevent peeling. It also works well as an intensive hair conditioner and protects from the drying effects of salty sea water. Just work a little through your hair, tie it up and you’re good to go!
Wherever you are in the world, soaking up some of the many benefits of sunshine is a great idea! Just be sure to know your skin type, use necessary precautions, and listen to your body when you’ve had enough exposure, so that you can enjoy the sun without the sizzle!