Summer time is here and while we are all relieved to finally have the opportunity to wear those short summer dresses, our biggest fear has also arrived-the stress of protecting ourselves from the very harsh rays of the sun. Among the many problems that sun exposure brings about, sunburns are our worst enemies. They not only leave dark patches but are also awfully painful in extreme cases. To end all your sunburn woes, we bring to you ten tips that will tell you how to protect your skin from sun burns this summer:

10. Protect your face and eyes with a hat:

The first step towards summer protection is prevention and as we all know, prevention is better than any cure. We cannot avoid going out in the sun altogether because we have a variety of jobs to be done outside the house-work, school and errands. The next step is to make sure that even though you are out in the sun, it is not doing any damage to your skin. It’s simple! Just wear a broad-rimmed hat! The rim of the hat cuts down the rays that fall on your face and eyes. If you need further protection, wear a chic pair of sunglasses. Comfort and style can indeed work hand in hand.


9. Eat your vegetables:

Externally, we apply a variety of substances and try numerous ways to protect ourselves from the sun. But these are all futile attempts if not supported and complemented by one of the most important internal mechanisms that are required. The key is to have vegetables rich in antioxidants since these are the very substances that will serve as a so called “internal sunscreen”. So the healthier you eat, the healthier you skin, and lower the risk of your skin getting burned. Vitamin A and C are very important when it comes to the regulation of light absorption in the skin. In fact, sunburn is inflammatory and inflammation is reduced by the properties of antioxidants that are consumed in the diet.


8. Aloe Vera for the Burn:

In case you end up getting burnt even after the various preventive measures you took, do not worry at all. You can use raw aloe vera too treat the burn immediately. The best part is that aloe vera plants can be kept and grown very easily in all households. The ones with the thick leaves that are filled with gel are the best ones to grow. The gel has antiseptic properties that can work wonders in healing your skin, whether sun burnt or just mildly tanned.


7. Potatoes:

Potatoes are one food that most of us try to avoid during the summers because they tend to be heavy and of course, they are a big hindrance in us showing off our summer-ready bikini body. But that does not mean that you should completely eliminate potatoes from your kitchen! This is because they are one of the best foods to cure a sunburn because of the presence of starch that has soothing and healing properties. The best method is to take a cold, raw potato and grate it till it becomes a little mushy. Then apply this mush over the affected areas.


6. Green Tea:

Green tea is one beverage that is not only good for your health but also for your skin, This is also evident in its effect on sun burnt areas. Replace your morning and evening beverage with green tea and it will take just a week for you to gauge the difference. It internally renders a certain kind of protection against the sun to your skin. In case you still find yourself affected by the suns, external application of green tea bags on the problem areas can ease the pain because of the presence of tannic acid in it.


5. Cucumbers:

They don’t just say ‘as cool as a cucumber’ for nothing. Cucumbers are cool and that is a fact. A fact that we can make use of in our sun burn protection during the summer. There are two ways to use cucumbers for this purpose- one, you can cut slices and place it on the affected areas (just like beauticians place it on the eyes during a facial) and two, you can mash it into a paste and apply it as a soothing cream.It can be used as both a preventive and curative measure. So go ahead and add them to your summer grocery shopping list now!


4. Vinegar:

Fare your skin pain well by taking the help of vinegar (both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar work in this case). The acetic acid that forms vinegar is known to soothe pain and reduce inflammation or itchiness. You can either dab it on to cotton and apply on the sun burnt areas softly. (Note that this won’t work if you have contracted blisters) or add a little bit of vinegar into your bath water and soak in it for around twenty minutes.


3. Go natural instead of chemical:

Natural remedies are always more beneficial for your skin than any kind of chemicals or so called “herbal” cosmetics. In fact, even when it comes to sunscreens, their benefit to the body is debatable. The sunscreens are known to protect the skin from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun. However, they are not that chemically advanced to be able to distinguish between the good rays and the bad rays. As such, they reduce the chances of even absorbing the much essential Vitamin D. So instead of using sunscreens, go for natural pastes that can be made at home.


2. Calendula:

Calendula blossoms are often also called marigolds and are a brilliant kind of flower, not only aesthetic to look at and smell, but also extremely beneficial when it comes to sun damaged skins. Although it seems like an easier and more convenient option to buy the various calendula products available at the local shop, it is more advisable to mash calendula flowers into a good paste and apply externally. This paste is known to quicken the healing process.


1. Lettuce:

How we despise greens as children! And how we always ran away from the dining table when mother declared that there was lettuce for dinner.  Little did we realise then that lettuce is one of the most important food items when it comes to sun protection. It is effective in soothing the pain that comes about due to a sun burn. The method is to boil lettuce leaves in water and then strain it. Once it is strained and clear, leave this liquid in the refrigerator for about a day. As soon as it cools down, it can be used by dabbing cotton balls and applying on affected areas.

Fresh green Lettuce salad isolated on white background

There are, of course, benefits of sun exposure. The majority of the population is suffering from a deficiency of Vitamin D and the consequences of only artificial lighting are something none of us is unaware of. However, it is important to know what kind of exposure counts as healthy and what kind is unacceptable. With these tips, I am sure you will be able to save yourself from the summer problems. These -tips are your one-stop solution to enjoy the summer to the fullest and make the most of one of the most awaited seasons of the year. Here’s wishing you a happy and safe summer!