It’s summertime and sun worshippers are out in full force.  Whether you’re playing tennis, volleyball, golfing or taking a dip in the pool, you may succumb to overexposure from these golden rays and develop sunburn.  If this is the case, here are some natural remedies that can help your skin heal and feel a bit more comfortable.

Aloe vera – using the gel fresh from the plant is not only cooling on the skin, but also contains antimicrobial properties to prevent infection.  It’s loaded with powerful glyconutrients that accelerate healing.

Calendula salve – a natural anti-inflammatory that can also shield the skin from UV-induced oxidative stress

Vitamins C and E –increasing your intake of these nutrients, as well as applying them topically, boosts your immune system as these antioxidants assist in healing oxidative damage to the cells.

Arnica – contains organic chemicals (sesquiterpene lactones and flavonoid glycosides) that can reduce swelling, redness, and pain linked to inflammation. It also helps heal bacterial infections.

Vinegar – acetic acid in vinegar can reduce pain, itching and inflammation.  Gently dab white vinegar on affected area for instant pain relief.

Cucumbers – whether mashed into a paste or placing slices on top of your sunburn, provides instant soothing effects.

Honey –since ancient times, honey has been used as a topical salve for skin burns.  It speeds healing, reduces infection, and minimizes pain.

A special note:  When selecting sunscreens, the safest ones are those that contain zinc oxide.  Zinc oxide acts as a physical block and reflects the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them.  It also is immediately active, so you don’t have to wait before going out in the sun.  On the flip side, it’s best to avoid sunscreens containing oxybenzone and avobenzone because they are carcinogenic and may damage DNA.