How to treat sunburn
Liubov Silanteva/Shutterstock Sunburn isn’t fun for anyone, especially if you’re on vacation and need to get relief quickly. While there are plenty of natural ways to treat sunburn, what about essential oils?
“The goal of treatment after sunburn is multifactorial—your skin needs intensive rehydration and a calming agent to help with the inflammation,” says dermatologist Mara Weinstein, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group. “We also need an antioxidant to scavenge the free radicals and help repair sunburn cells.”
Essential oils you should look for
Fascinadora/Shutterstock “Tea tree oil, lavender, geranium, peppermint, coconut and chamomile are all soothing, especially with sunburns,” says Dr. New York City-based dermatologist Michele Green, MD, a RealSelf contributor. “I like chamomile the best. It can be applied immediately after a burn. Coconut oil also is really soothing, much like aloe vera gel.” (Here are some other essential oils that do wonders for the skin.)
Login to Amazon.com or head to the nearest convenience store to pick up these essential oils for anywhere between $3 and $10 a vial, depending on the size and type.