What To Do Naturally for a Sunburn by Dr. Asa Andrew

Dawn from Virginia Writes:

Our family recently went on vacation and my two children were sunburned. We did the best we could while we were there. What can we do naturally to help their skin when this happens in the future?

Dear Dawn,

It is never fun but playing out in the sun can lead us to get the unwanted sunburn. There are many methods to prevent this from happening like avoiding the sun between 11am and 3pm, using at least 30 SPF sun protection, and wearing protective clothing. The reality is when you are on vacation, who wants to do all of that? So everyone is in a free-for-all and running around to have as much fun as possible. So when the sunburn comes, here are some natural ways to help the skin repair from the damage that the sun had created. It is important to realize that once you sunburn, your symptoms actually get worse over the next 24-36 hours. These symptoms can stick around for five or more days until the skin begins to heal. There are some great ways to help support the healing of the skin. Here are some of the top natural tips to help skin after a sunburn.

1.Don’t Use Lotion
The skin is burned and the last thing you need to do is cover the skin in a lotion or oil. For health the skin needs to breathe. The skin uses the air as a first line to be able to start the healing process. The lotion or oil will hold in the heat and actually cause more discomfort. 

2. Drink Half Your Body Weight in Water
When a burn happens you want to support your skin from the inside out. Use plenty of water and non-alcohol and caffeine to support the healthy hydration of your cells.

3.Use Aloe 
After 36 hours of the actual burn, now you can safely add some treatment to the external surface of the skin. Anti-inflammatory, alcohol -free aloe is one of the fastest healing liquids we have to nourish and rehydrate the skin. 

4. Stay Out Of The Sun
Even with sunscreen, hit the shade for a few days. The damage will become worse if you get back into the direct exposure of the sun. Allow your skin to heal before getting back into the direct exposure. You can still get out and play in the safe hours before 10am and after 4pm.

5.Use Coconut Oil
Known for its amazing healing properties, coconut oil can safely help you both internally and externally with your skin. A good rule of thumb is to use 2-3 tablespoons with your food during the day and moisturize with the oil both morning and evening. Do this for 7 days post-burn.



Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author of Empowering Your Health and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, he is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.