NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR SUNBURN
Being in the sun too often and too long can cause sunburn. Researchers have found that skin damage caused by UV radiation does not stop after sunbathing. Several hours later the damage still occurs. You can use a traditional after-sun lotion on sunburned skin, but there are also several natural products available.
Below we discuss five natural remedies on which scientific research is conducted.
1 ALOE VERA
Aloe vera is a centuries-old remedy to treat sunburns. Several studies have been conducted in humans to prove the efficacy of this remedy for sunburn. Unfortunately the results are inconsistent. Studies of the University Medical Center Hamburg and the University Medical Center Freiburg found that aloe vera has anti-inflammatory effects after sunburn. In contrast, Researchers from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and the University of Miami found that the application of aloe vera after exposure to UVB radiation has no curative effect.
2 CORIANDER OIL
Researchers from the University Medical Center Freiburg discovered that coriander oil is more effective than a placebo in reducing inflammation of the skin after UVB exposure.
3 VITAMIN E
In a study from the University of Western Ontario the skin of mice was exposed to UVB radiation and then treated with vitamin E. The researchers concluded that vitamin E reduces sun damage. Even 8 hours after ultraviolet exposure has occured it is effective. Unfortunately, it is still not known whether humans benefit from this remedy.
4 OLIVE OIL
Scientists at the Kobe University School of Medicine discovered that the application of extra-virgin olive oil on hairless mice after UVB exposure reduces the risk of skin tumors. This remedy has also not yet been tested on humans.
5 VITAMIN C
A study from the Beeson Aesthetic Surgery Institute has revealed that vitamin C skin cream improves the condition of sun-damaged human skin.