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Whether it’s a day at the beach or spending time getting a tan, being out in the sun is always a good time. However, as we all know, sometimes we can get a little carried away, and when that happens, we wind up with a nasty sunburn. However, even though this happens quite often, do you know how to relieve the pain and help your skin heal faster? If the only thing you can think of is “aloe vera,” then you are missing out on a world of relief.
Fortunately, we have compiled a complete list of natural remedies that can both make you feel better and ensure that your burn doesn’t last too long.
The first thing you should do after getting sunburned is to relieve the pain. Healing will take time no matter what method you try, so it’s more important to make your skin feel better as soon as possible so that you don’t have to suffer.
Both of these products have similar effects, so feel free to use them interchangeably. Simply mix some of the material with cool (not cold) water and then apply it to the skin with some gauze. It will soothe the burn quickly.
This plant contains tannins that can help soothe and heal your sunburn. You can most likely find it in liquid form, so soak it into cotton balls and dab it on the skin. Try not to dilute it with water as it will sap the potency.
This treatment requires a bit of preparation, but it can be worth it. First, you have to have mint leaves and tea bags (green tea works best). Boil water and then soak them in it for about an hour. Once it’s cooled off, apply the liquid with cotton balls or pour it over the burn.
As long as it’s not flavored, plain yogurt can do wonders for a burn. The enzymes and probiotics will work on your skin and make it feel a lot better. Just apply and let it seep in.
Healing a Sunburn
While pain relief is necessary, you will still want to do things to mitigate the damage to your skin. Considering that sunburns increase your risk of skin cancer, it’s crucial that you heal as quickly as possible.
Making this simple and effective mixture will not only help your skin feel better but will minimize the damage. All you have to do is either slice or shred some potatoes and place the pulp against the burn. For best results, however, you should blend shredded pieces into a paste and rub it onto your skin.
You probably already have milk in your fridge, which makes this treatment even more convenient. All you have to do is soak a paper towel in milk and apply it to the burn. The cold liquid will soothe the heat, and the milk will add protein to the skin for healing.
This may sound a bit too obvious, but the fact is that your burned skin is drastically dehydrated, so drinking extra fluids will help it repair itself faster.
If you can get the plant directly, then it will be much more potent, but aloe gel works well too. Simply apply to the affected area and wait for it to absorb. If you do have the plant, then cut the leaves down the middle (not all the way) and put them on the skin so that the sap is touching.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This may or may not work for you, so try using just a little bit at first to see if it does anything. If so, then fill a spray bottle and mist your burn. For better results, do this after a cold shower.
This treatment may seem a bit odd, but it works for a lot of people. You will want to take a bath with some rolled oats (unprocessed is best) so that the polysaccharides can heal your skin. First, fill a sock with the oats, then get into a tepid or semi-cool bath. Let the oats soak for a few minutes, then squeeze them into the water. Sit in the mixture for about twenty minutes and then dry yourself off gently with a towel.
You will apply this the same way as you did the potatoes; either in slices or as a paste. If sliced, be sure to flip them after a few minutes to keep your skin cooler.
Milk is better than water, but if you don’t have it around then simply soak a towel in cool water and apply it to the burn, changing it every 10-15 minutes or so.
The fats and proteins in this oil will help heal your fried skin. Simply apply topically and let it absorb into your burn.
In this case, you will want the juice more than anything. For best results, mix it with yogurt and then apply it directly to the skin for about 15-20 minutes. Do this several times a day to heal even faster.
Each of these foods has properties that can help treat a burn. Mash each ingredient individually (grind the oats into a powder) and then mix together and apply it to the burn. Leave it for half an hour.
Homemade Burn Cream
In this case, you will be mixing a variety of things we’ve already covered. Witch hazel, aloe, baking soda, mint leaves and water is all you need. Put the water, witch hazel, and aloe together and let sit for a couple of hours. Then mix the baking soda until you get a nice paste. Add mint leaves as needed to get a good blend, then refrigerate and use as needed.
Most essential oils can help heal a burn; all you have to do is place a few drops on a damp washcloth and gently rub it into the skin. As a bonus, you’ll smell great, too.
You will most likely have to go to an herbalist to get this, but it can be quite useful. You will want to boil the root (or dried powder) for about ten minutes. Let it cool off and apply to the burn with some gauze.
Like vinegar, this is based on anecdotal evidence rather than science. Still, it can’t hurt to try it. Rub some on the affected area and see how you feel. If it works, apply more.
Vitamins C and E
This is technically preventative maintenance, but getting enough of these essential vitamins will help your skin stay healthier in the sun.
You can either put it in our mixture above or use it by itself. It has antimicrobial properties that can stave off infection while also adding moisture to the skin.
Bath Oils and Moisturizer
Using all-natural bath oils with vitamin E or C can prep the skin, and moisturizer will keep it in and heal the burn. Make sure the bath oil is first, though.
If you are going to put ice on a burn, wrap it in a towel first. Direct contact will do more damage, but having that buffer will help, and once the ice melts you have a cold compress left over.
Remarkably, iceberg can help heal your burn. You have to boil it first and then let the water chill for a couple of hours, but it works well.
Whatever you do, don’t peel the skin. This will make things worse and expose raw skin to the air.
Eat Water-Rich Foods
Hydration can be done through liquids and eating, so stock up on fruits and veggies that have a lot of water content.
Overall, the best way to heal a sunburn is to avoid it in the first place. If you are going to be outside for more than twenty minutes, use sunscreen. Also, wear thick enough clothing that won’t let UV rays through, and be smart about your exposure. Get burned once; it’s a shame on the sun. Get burned twice, and it’s a shame on you.
Turning 16 presents a girl with a number of changes. Now that she is an older teen she will likely take on more responsibilities such as being accountable for watching younger siblings, or she may be awarded a later curfew. Another change that will come is one that hits virtually every teen when they hit age 16–a change in their skin’s chemistry. This is a time when facial redness, acne, and the potential for pitting from bad outbreaks can occur. This is a stressful thing for a 16-year-old girl to go through, as she is at an age where beauty is more important to her than it was a few years ago. The pressure to look your best is great when you are in high school, and this is a time where one’s self-esteem is greatly influenced by appearance. By giving your daughter some beauty products you can let her know that she is always beautiful no matter what and that these products will help preserve her natural loveliness.
1- Take Her to a Boutique Skin Care Spa in New York City
A trip to New York City would be a thrilling adventure for any 16-year-old girl. The city is world-famous for its shopping, theatre, and museums allowing endless things to do to fit all personality types. New York is also known for its skin care spas in Manhattan that offer custom facials for enhancing a beautiful face that glows. Take your daughter to a spa that offers a free assessment of her skin’s health. These professionals will be able to give her a custom facial and recommend specific products based on her skin’s condition, her family’s skin condition history, and educate her on how to care for herself going forward. Your daughter will love the luxurious spa setting and relaxing ambiance while top beauty experts give her personalized attention. When you and your daughter leave you will both feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and have an enhanced education on how to best moisturize the skin and prevent facial lines in the years to come.
2- Trendy Pastels that go Beyond Eyes
Pastels have been all the rage in 2017 and are growing in popularity to dominate the beauty scene in 2018. The best beauty product shops known for selling a wide variety of products and brands are ideal shopping destinations for finding pastel eyeshadow palettes that don’t just stop at the eyes. Look for a product that contains pigments with a special reflective coating that allows going beyond enhancing eye lids, but also cheekbones. These products can even by dotted along the collarbone or layered over lipstick to give a punch of surprising color. Be sure you select multi-dimensional pastels that are iridescent for optimal use. Your daughter will have fun experimenting with the numerous ways to use the pastels while discovering various plays on her ideal look.
3- Get Her Muddy with Minerals
The Dead Sea lies in the heart of Israel and attracts people from all over the world to bathe in and to cover themselves in its mud. Dead Sea mud has a high mineral count containing potassium, chloride, sodium, iron, magnesium, and calcium. The mud is known for increasing one’s circulation by removing toxins from cells and replacing them with oxygen and healthy nutrients. It also leaves the skin soft and silky. There are a number of black Dead Sea mud beauty products ranging from full-body baths to facial peels and scrubs. Your daughter will love these products, they are reasonably priced, and you don’t have to spend several thousand dollars on a trip to Israel to enjoy the benefits!
Our bodies are 70% water, so it is kind of obvious how important it is for our survival. It is therefore unfortunate that more than half the population doesn’t get access to pure potable drinking water. The climate changes and increase in pollution levels also contribute to water scarcity, a problem that is slowly becoming a global threat. With the freshwater sources fast depleting, the water available today is either infected with bacteria or other chemicals causing many water borne diseases and fatal infections. Unless you have a good water purifier at home, you’re at risk of consuming infected water. Listed below are some of the water related health problems that you might suffer from if exposed to contaminated water for an extended period of time.
Diarrhoea is perhaps one of the most dangerous water-borne diseases that takes over 1.8 million lives every year. Caused by a variety of micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, the disease leads to loss of water and electrolytes from the body. Severe dehydration, weakness, dizziness, and vomiting are some of the common symptoms you must look out for. Maintaining basic hygiene and drinking potable water are some of the preventive measures you can take to protect yourself.
Arsenicosis is a water related health issue that is caused due to long-term exposure to arsenic in drinking water. It causes painful and severe skin infections called keratosis that is visible in the form of hardened lesions. These lesions often turn cancerous if left unchecked for long, spreading over to other organs such as lungs, liver, bladder, and kidneys. The population residing in developing or under-developed nations are at a greater risk of arsenic poisoning as they lack potable water.
Cholera is a bacterial infection that affects the intestines and digestive system of the body. A person suffering from cholera can suffer from heavy fever, bouts of dizziness, severe dehydration, vomiting, and even death. The disease usually spreads from consuming contaminated food and water. Cholera is a global threat and can only be solved by improving the living conditions and maintaining basic sanitation in and around the neighborhood.
Fluorosis is a bone related disease caused when your body intakes large amounts of fluoride. Fluoride and other harmful compounds have infiltrated the fresh water underground water sources. Declared an endemic in about 25 countries around the world, fluorosis can cause bone damage, infection and severe deformities. Consuming water with high concentration of fluoride weakens the bones and makes them brittle.
Guinea Worm Disease
Guinea worm disease or Dracunculiasis is caused by a Dracunculus larvae found mostly in stagnant and polluted water sources. It enters your blood stream when you come in contact with polluted water. Once the larvae are inside your body, it will slowly start eating away at your insides causing fatal ulcers. It usually takes a year to mature into an adult worm about 1 meter long before leaving the body.
Intestinal worms thrive in your intestines and can cause fatal damage to the internal organs, malnutrition, stunted growth, and anemia. Found mostly in contaminated food and water, these parasitic worms, also known as helminths, mostly infect children. Approximately 400 million kids are affected by roundworm, hookworm, or whipworm, that’s like 10% of the population in developing nations.
Malaria is common water borne health risk that is caused by a parasite that only thrives on the body of certain mosquitoes, about 300-500 million people are bitten and infected by malaria every year. Patients usually suffer from viral fever, headache, weakness and even death if the infection is left unchecked for long. The mosquitoes usually breed in stagnant water, poor drainage and opened water tanks.
Bilharzia or Schistosomiasis is caused by parasitic worms that require several hosts throughout their lifetime to survive. The eggs and full grown adult worms host on freshwater snails, water, and humans penetrating through the skin pores. Bathing, swimming or drinking contaminated water is a direct way for these organisms to infect you. The parasites can cause severe damage to the internal organs such as liver, intestine, kidneys, and lungs.
Trachoma is water borne infection spread due to lack of adequate water supply and sanitation. The infection affects the eye and generally causes redness, itchiness, and irritation. A severe case of trachoma can even cause permanent blindness. Women and children are especially vulnerable to the infection.
Consuming contaminated water either directly or indirectly can also cause typhoid, a bacterial infection that causes nausea, high fever, headache, vomiting, and loss of appetite. The disease is communicable and can be fatal if left unchecked for long. Over 12 million people are infected by typhoid every year.
The Bottom Line
Fresh drinking water is a basic need that should be available to everyone. However, considering the alarming rise in pollution levels, it is best that you get a water filter or purifier installed in your home and work spaces.
Birthday parties have special importance in kids’ lives and, therefore, many parents get unnecessarily extravagant on these occasions. You also perhaps want to do everything for your child’s happiness on his or her birthday. But your budget doesn’t quite allow you to roll out your plans.
However, you don’t actually have to splurge big bucks to celebrate your child’s special day. In fact, if you can focus on a little bit of creativity and careful planning, nobody can stop you from throwing an awesome birthday bash. By keeping it a low affair, choosing a reasonable venue, introducing interesting themes, and including a large variety of games, you can make it a memorable event without having to spend a whole lot of money.
It rather doesn’t make too much sense when some parents spend too much money to throw over the top parties for their kids. The priority should be fun because this is what kids’ enjoy doing the most and so nobody needs to go overboard. At the end of the day, you will be able to create a personal and meaningful event for everyone because this is what constitutes an extremely thoughtful gift on the part of parents.
We have some amazing tips to share with you so that you can throw a budget friendly birthday party for your kids.
1- Start Planning Early
Timely planning is the key to the events in which you want to cut the overspending. However, to make your kid’s birthday party successful, you have to start planning as early as possible. You will get enough time to comparison shop so that you can collect necessary supplies in lower costs. Plus, you will save yourself from the last minute hassle, which often results into forgetting a lot of things. Also, the 11th hour scrambling for the party goods makes you much more.
2- Do It Yourself
There are a number of businesses running out there that help busy parents in planning parties. Though this convenience seems tempting it costs big bucks, too. Rather, sometimes it is much easier to do things for yourselves. You can get help from your friends to make decorations using craft items. It is an opportunity to use your imagination to personalize things and activities. Your guests would definitely like your personalization approach on various things. They couldn’t stop themselves from grabbing water bottles with customized birthday water bottle labels on them, which you designed yourself. When it comes to preparing cakes, you can easily learn basic skills of making and decorating them. It will be far cheaper and you would love it for sure.
3- Choose A Cheaper Venue
Expensive venues take away a sizeable chunk of your budget, so it is better to hold the party at home. But for houses that don’t have enough space to entertain all the excited party guests, you still have a few good options. Consider hiring a local church or a community hall. They are often free or really low cost. You can also ask your close friend or relative to allow their premises for a few hours. Organizing the party at a local park is also a nice idea. You only need to approach the concerned authorities or chairpersons to make decorations and to avail its amenities.
4- Introduce Fun Activities
As we already mentioned, fun is at the heart of children’s birthdays. You can include many activities and traditional party games to let everyone enjoy your child’s special day. These activities will really make your kid’s birthday party come to life. You have a range of options to entertain your young as well as adult guests, for example, musical chairs, musical numbers, pass the parcel, and a simple treasure hunt is some of the tried and tested party games that are fully enjoyed by everyone. The best part of these activities is they do not cost anything at all.
5- Pick An Interesting Theme
Themed parties have a special excitement to them and the guests connect more easily with everybody present in the party. A particular theme helps create a cohesive look and feel for the party. A specific theme leads to creative party decorations, games as well as food. We can suggest you some ideas for interesting themes. If you are celebrating your daughter’s birthday, consider it making a Pink Party, where every guest will have to wear pink. Second, a pool party will be great for active kids. Third, a rainbow party is a perfect occasion to throw a multi-colored extravaganza. Likewise, there could be a number of other theme ideas that you can use.
6- Consider Inexpensive Yet Delicious Food
Food and drinks also constitute a major part of your budget but they are very important nonetheless. However, as far as birthdays are concerned, cakes, cupcakes, ice creams, and juices are most liked by children. So, you can consider making it a dessert party. You can also encourage your guests to bring any of their favorite dishes, thereby cutting down significantly on your costs. Moreover, with the help of your family or friends, you can serve homemade sandwiches, pizzas, hamburgers, hot dogs and stews to your guests.
7- Simple And Crafty Décor
Party doesn’t mean you have to spend a great deal of money to make your party venue look fabulous. Instead of putting in a swirl of decorations, use only a few and find ways how to minimize the costs. You can use paper chains, banners, and various color combinations to make your party décor attractive. Many colorful balloons will help you transform your venue into a party area for sure and that too without spending too much. You can also consider using attractive fabrics, ribbons, and sash for decorations.
Kids’ birthday parties are the occasions that allow parents an ample room to use their creativity and craft if they have to cut huge costs. Despite using pertinent steps to check the budget; fun, entertainment and enjoyment should not be cut down, for this is the sole purpose of spreading happiness in the form of kids’ birthday parties.