Direct exposure of our body to solar radiation can result in burns of varying degrees. That is why it is advised to avoid over-exposure to the sun. However, if you have suffered sunburn for one reason or the other, there are few ways to handle it:
- Apply aloe vera gel to cool the area. This wills also help to prevent infections. You can simply split a leaf and gently apply the gel to the affected area and wait until the burning sensation reduces.
- Apply propolis cream, which is one of the bee products that are also known as nature’s antibiotic. Propolis helps in fast regeneration of skin tissues. It also fastens the healing process of the burns and help prevents inflammation.
- Alternatively, you can also apply honey to the affected area, as the honey will help the skin to heal, bearing in mind that it is best to apply Manuka honey which has an antibacterial component in higher concentration than other types of honey.
- Lavender essential oil can be used on sunburns to promote healing and prevent infection from happening. Simply massage a few drops of lavender oil into the affected area.
- Use a technique of hot and cold compress, by dipping a gauze in cool water and putting it on the sides of the burn (not directly), then soaking it in warm water and applying for about five minutes. Alternate these cold and warm compresses and that will cause the narrowing and widening of the blood vessels. This will create an effect of improving blood flow to the area, which will aid healing.
Inner Thigh Rash
When the skin of the inner thigh rubs together during the summer period of intense heat and high humidity, it can result in a rash, which may even develop to secondary infections, like a fungus infection. However, there are few ways to handle it. To prevent this summer nuisance:
- It is important to wear airy and loose fitting clothes that are not tight to the body.
- Do salt baths, by adding a generous amount of salt (about 1/2 cup of salt) to warm water for bathing. The salt helps sterilize the infection and prevents fungi spread, and you should dip twenty minutes to half an hour, twice a day.
- You can also use baking soda which has a fantastic cleansing ability as well as anti-fungal properties for the same purpose. Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda in the bath and soak for 20 minutes, as this has the ability to soothe irritated skin, and leave the skin very soft.