10. Soothes Sunburn
Sunburn is the reaction that occurs in the skin when it’s overexposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. It can happen in as little as 15 minutes, and even on cloudy days. Once the skin is sunburned, it will usually turn red within two hours, worsening over the next day or so. Depending on the severity, sunburn can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to heal.
Sunburn can be very painful, and other symptoms like swelling, blistering, fever, chills, nausea and headaches. After a few days, the skin begins itching and peeling. This is the body’s way of getting rid of the sun-damaged cells, which is a necessary step in the healing process because if cells are damaged by the sun, they are at risk of “going rogue” and becoming cancerous.
It’s important to stay out of the sun until your sunburn heals. And to ensure your skin stays healthy in the future, practice proper sun safety like staying out of the sun when the UV rays are strongest (usually between 10am and 4pm), wearing a broad-brimmed hat, a loose, long-sleeved shirt and pants, sunglasses and broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF factor of at least 30.
There are many different ways to treat sunburn, including cold compresses, creams and gels that include soothing ingredients like menthol, camphor and aloe. The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil make it a highly effective treatment for sunburn by reducing redness and pain. Mix one tablespoon of castor oil with one tablespoon of a carrier oil like coconut, and apply it to the affected area for immediate relief.