I hope you all enjoyed yourself at the Krav Maga Worldwide Beach Day this past Sunday! And if you got a little too much sun, here are the top 5 ways to heal your skin and prevent peeling.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Draw a room-temperature bath and add a cup of raw apple cider vinegar. Soak the burnt area for at least 20 minutes.
If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, try some oats or baking soda.
If you don’t have a large bath, 20 extra minutes, or an easy to soak burnt area (like your nose), you can apply undiluted raw apple cider vinegar topically. The properties of the vinegar draw the burn right from your skin, but beware the smell!
The soothing properties of aloe are well known, and it should be a part of every medicine cabinet. Make sure to invest in a bottle of pure, whole leaf aloe. Apply aloe topically, liberally and often.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil seems to be the cure-all these days, and for good reason. Apply coconut oil topically to sooth the burn like aloe (I usually alternate between the two applications), and take orally to provide your skin with the healthy fats it needs to calm inflammation. I recommend at least 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily while healing from sunburns.
4. Fermented Cod Liver Oil
This is one of my client’s favorite go-to remedies for anything from a cough to a sprain to a hangover because it is so healing and supportive of anti-inflammatory pathways in the body. Sunburns are a very visible inflammatory reaction and require the healthy fats and high doses of fat-soluble vitamins found in fermented cod liver oil to heal quickly. Take at least a teaspoon daily while healing from sunburns.
5. Homeopathic Remedies
Arnica montana can be taken orally to soothe any aches or pains associated with the burn.
Calendula officinalis can be used topically to heal the burnt area.
Cantharis can be taken orally and is excellent at preventing or reducing blisters from extreme burns.
Hypericum perforatum can be taken orally to help heal burnt areas.
Uritica urens can be taken orally or applied topically to burnt areas.
Above all, drink plenty of water to rehydrate your burnt skin, and PLEASE monitor your sun exposure so you do not need these remedies!
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP)
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