Sun burns can develop local inflammation, inconvenient rashes and local redness to your affected skin. Moreover, excessive sun exposure can lead to the appearance of freckles, scars, wrinkles, dry skin and even skin cancer. In this case, cucumber can help you treat your skin after having stayed too much in the sun.
What You Should Know about Cucumber
Cucumbers are hydrating and refreshing, probably the most cooling vegetables out there. This feature is granted by their high content in water, and that is 96%. Additionally, they embody botanical compounds that present analgesic and antioxidant properties, and they also include minerals and vitamins such as manganese, potassium, sulphur, molybdenum, vitamin A, C and B9 (folic acid).
All these compounds determine cucumbers to be effective remedies for your affected skin, especially for burns caused by excessive sun exposure. Applied externally, cucumbers calm, reinvigorate and repair inflamed and irritated skin.
How to Use
The most effective method for repairing your sun burnt skin is to make a paste of cold cucumbers (kept in the fridge). Wash the cucumbers thoroughly; cut them in slices, then mix them using a blender. Blend until you obtain a nice homogenous paste. Wash your skin with cold water, and then apply the resulted cucumber paste on the affected portions. Leave it for 20 minutes, and then rinse your skin nicely.
Another quicker version to this remedy can be to cut a fresh cucumber into slices that you apply on the sun burnt skin and leave on for 30 minutes. Furthermore, you can soak a piece of cloth in freshly squeezed cucumber juice and afterwards apply it locally on the affected area. Drink cucumber juice in attempt to stimulate the process of hydration and reinvigoration of your body. This way, you hydrate your body from the inside out.
In order to make this remedy more efficacious, you can add a few drops of aloe vera to the cucumber paste. That would improve the properties of your remedy, as aloe vera is highly acknowledged to be a powerful natural medicine especially in treating burns. It has a natural capacity to relieve inflamed skin and the state of discomfort it creates.
Under no circumstances should you add aloe vera gel that contains anesthetic ingredients such as benzocaine and lidocaine. These compounds can determine the outburst of allergic reactions on your skin, as well as rashes. Therefore, read the prospect of any aloe vera gel you might purchase in a drug store.
Both ingredients must be cold, well kept in the fridge, in order to accelerate the reinvigorating process of your skin, and the reduction of the inflammation.