Good new y'all...Spring is on its way! And that means more sunshine, warm days, and bugs!! All of my favorite things (minus the bugs)
So in order to make sure our winter skin can transition well into the UV rays, here are some sure-fire ways to ease the pain of any sunburns this spring and summer!
You can see the 9 items above, but I'm going to highlight my favorite 3 below:
You can do this a few different ways: using tea bags directly on the skin or giving your skin a tea soak. Personally, I find the tea soak more effective so here's what you can do -
1)A bathtub to do this in
3)A rag that you don't mind getting stained with tea
5)Three bags of black tea (I use Earl Grey - black tea is a good choice for this!)
First things first, strip down, because you don't want to get any of your clothes wet. Fill the pitcher with warm water and soak the tea bags in it. When you have the water almost black, you're ready to cool the water. Once the water has cooled to a warm/lukewarm temperature, dunk the rag into the tea, and dab it onto the sunburn. DO NOT WIPE IT OFF! Leave it on and let it be absorbed into your skin. Once its dry, re-apply as necessary, but never wash it off. If you do this process before bedtime, you can go to sleep and give it time to work its magic.
In the morning you can wash it off in your shower. The sunburn should be substantially subsided or all gone, but remember: the sooner you can apply the tea after you get the burn, the quicker and more effective it will be.
Aloe is amazing when it comes to all kinds of skin care, but I am notorious for using it's magic when I have a sunburn. There are endless ways you can use this on your skin (from cutting off a piece of the plant and rubbing it on directly, using an aloe-based lotion, or even what I'm about to show you: ice cubes!) for lightning fast relief!
Aloe Vera Ice Cubes:
1. Cut a few leaves from your aloe vera plant. You'll need to cut, not tear, the leaves. Choose healthy green leaves near the base of the plant and cut at an angle.
2. Set the leaf upright in a container at a slightly tilted angle and leave the plant for 10 to 15 minutes. The gel will slowly leak into your container.
3. Using a sharp knife, cut off the tip and rough sides of the leaf. Then slice lengthwise through the leaf. You'll then want to scrape the gel into your container.
4. Scoop all of that drained gel into ice cube trays and freeze several hours till hardened. Use these to rub on your sunburn for instant relief!
These are not just for resting on your eyes to relieve puffiness! The cooling properties of cucumbers can help out any kind of inflammation. Simply apply thin slices to the burned area and rest. Definitely throw these in the fridge to make sure that the slices are nice and cold to get the ultimate cooling sensation.