Summer is here and so is the time to soak up some sun on the beach or in your yard. But though you intend to achieve that perfect tan line, lounging in the sun can come with a price and could cause a nasty sunburn.
While using a cold compress should always be the first option to relieve sunburn pain, did you know that tea and peppermint can make a quick and easy home remedy to soothe your stinging skin?
Why Is It Effective?
Tea leaves (both black and green) are rich in natural polyphenols which can improve your skin’s resistance to UV radiation. The tannic acid and theobromine present in tea can reduce pain and heal damaged skin. The inherent cooling properties of peppermint work here as well and help in soothing the skin. Peppermint also increases blood flow to the burnt area and speeds up healing.
How To Use It:
- Boil 2tsp tea powder (or dried and crushed tea leaves) with five to six peppermint leaves for about 10 minutes. Once cool, strain the mixture and apply it over the affected area with a cotton ball. Let it dry. You can also use tea bags.
- Alternatively, you can place cold tea bags directly over the burn with the help of a gauze. Repeat the process three to four times a day for quick relief.
For more interesting stories, visit our Health page. Read more about Natural Remedies here.
Natural Healing Tips: Cocoa Butter 101
Green Tea: A Toast To Beautiful Hair & Skin
Spa Wellness: Aloe & Lavender Sunburn Balm