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Though sunlight is essential to you for producing Vitamin D, but over exposure is also harmful. Excessive exposure to the sun's rays makes the pigment in the skin come up to the surface in order to protect the skin from burning. This is the reason your skin becomes darker. Over exposure to the sun creates a reddening inflammation of the skins outer layers. A mild case of sunburn will produce pink reddish skin, small blisters and skin that is hot to the touch while a sever case produces chills, fever and purple patches of skin. Here are some practical ways of coping with the effects of the sun.


  • The best know aid for sunburn is aloe vera. When often applied directly to the burn the clear gel found in the leaves will sooth the burn and aid with healing.

  • If your skin has a light smattering of freckles, pat some lime juice or buttermilk onto the freckles and then leave it on till it dries.

  • A combination of four tablespoons of grated radish and a few drops of vinegar makes a good bleaching paste.

  • Regular tea is another treatment for sunburn that works. Make a strong tea solution and allow to cool. Sponge the tea over the area and allow to dry.

  • Cucumbers are very useful in soothing sunburns. Peel and grate a cucumber. Then take out the juice and mix it with half a teaspoon of glycerin and half a teaspoon of rose water. Pat this solution onto your skin and experience the cooling effect.

  • A homemade face mask constituting one egg-white mixed with a little honey and witch hazel is also very effective in dealing with sunburn.

  • Lavender oil and chamomile oil added to a cool bath will speed healing.

  • Vitamin E oil when applied directly to the burn reduces inflammation and prevents scarring.

  • Vitamin D can reduce the toxic effects of sunburn and may aid victims of sunstroke.


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