Sunburn: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
Do you like spending time on the beach during summers? Then probably you had experienced how painful and bothersome a sunburn can be. Sunburn is an inflammatory response of our bodies from overexposing to the ultraviolet rays of sun.
Actually, sun exposure is essential for our body as it the main source of getting vitamin D. Good rays of the sun are available only to a certain period like morning and evening times. Bad rays of the sun can cause tanning, redness and sunburn to your skin.
Sunburns are typically classified into 3 types. First and second- degree burns are temporary and can easily be managed at home. While third degree sunburns, which include breakouts, fever and chills should get immediate medical attention.
Tea For Sunburn Relief
If you have first or second-degree sunburn then you can try the remedies like milk or tea.
Did you know that apart from stress reliever tea can also be helpful in treating sunburns? Well, we will learn about it in this article.
Is Tea Good To Treat Sunburn?
Benefits of Tea For Sunburn Treatment:
- Teas are powerhouses of antioxidants which help the skin heal faster.
- It contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate also known as ECGC which is known for its anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic properties.
- They also contain polyphenols which reduce the redness.
- The tannins and theobromine remove the heat from sunburn.
- The catechins prevent and repair skin damage caused by the sun.
Which Tea Can I Use for Treating Sunburn?
You can use any type of tea. For example black tea, green tea, earl grey tea, chamomile tea, ginger tea, Ceylon tea, luzianne tea, mint tea, oolong tea, orange pekoe tea, rooibos tea, peppermint tea. Every tea variety has its own benefits of treating sunburn. While black tea contains high amounts of tannins and green tea contains fewer amounts of tannins. You can use different varieties of tea in a single remedy for more effective results.
How to Use Tea for Treating Sunburn?
Just like the variety of teas, there is a variety of methods to use tea for sunburn. We have listed them below with a detailed description. Choose among these home remedies for sunburn as per your preference and repeat it until you achieve positive results.
Home Remedies For Sunburn
1. Tea Bags
If you have a small sunburned area then this process is sufficient to get relief. Used tea bags can also be used for this process.
- Bring some water to boil.
- Remove from the flame and add 1 – 2 tea bags into it.
- Let it steep for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Wring out the tea bags and place them on the affected area.
- Leave until they dry out.
- If you want to keep for more time, wet the tea again with water or tea solution and repeat the application.
- Repeat the application few times a day.
- Alternatively, you can chill the tea bags for few minutes and apply for extra cooling effect.
2. Tea Bath
It is not possible to cover a lot of sunburned skin with few tea bags. If you have a lot of sunburned skin then you should try this process to get relief.
- Bring 4 – 5 cups of water to boil.
- Once boiled, remove from the flame and add six tea bags into it.
- Let it steep for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and pour the infused solution into your tepid bath water.
- Soak for 20 minutes and bath with cold water.
- Repeat the process 2 times a day until the sunburn is cured.
3. Tea Treatment
This process stops the pain immediately and helps the burn to turn into a tan rather than peeling.
- Boil 4 cups of water.
- Add 5 – 6 tea bags into the water and let it boil for few minutes.
- Now remove from the flame and let it cool down to room temperature.
- Soak a washcloth in the tea solution for few minutes.
- Wring out the excess and place the washcloth on sunburn.
- Let it rest for 30 minutes at least.
- Remove the washcloth, rinse off with water and pat dry.
- Repeat 2 – 3 times a day to notice results.
- Alternatively, you can soak a shirt in the solution, wring out the excess and wear it.
4. Iced Tea Compress
This process provides a cooling effect to the sunburned area. The coolness will reduce the irritation, burning sensation and itchiness.
- Brew 4 cups of tea.
- Pour the solution into an ice tray and refrigerate.
- Once ice cubes are set, remove the cubes.
- Tie them in a washcloth or zip lock bag.
- Place it on sunburn area.
- Let it sit for 20 minutes and pat dry.
- Repeat the application daily.
- Alternatively, you can rub the ice cubes on the sunburn area.
5. Steeped Tea for Sunburn
- Bring a cup of water to boil.
- Add 2 – 3 teaspoons of tea powder or leaves.
- Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from the flame.
- Let the solution cool down to room temperature.
- Using a cotton ball or cotton swab, apply the solution on the affected areas.
- Let the application dry completely.
- Reapply the solution once the application dries out. You can apply the solution several times for relief.
- Rinse off with water and pat dry.
- Repeat the process once or twice in a day.
6. Tea with Mint Leaves
Mint leaves are known for their natural cooling effect. It soothes the sunburn and provides relief from the pain and itchiness.
- Boil 1 quart of water.
- To a bowl add 5 tea bags (detach the strings) and 3 cups of fresh mint leaves.
- Add boiled 1 quart of water into the bowl.
- Cover the bowl and let it steep for an hour.
- Strain the mixture and let the solution chill in the refrigerator for few minutes.
- Dip cotton pads or soft cloth and apply it on the sunburn affected areas.
- Let it rest until it dries.
- Remove the cloth and pat dry.
- Rinse with water only if necessary.
- Repeat the application several times a day.
- Alternatively, you can pour or soak in the mixture for relief.
7. Herbal Tea with Apple Cider Vinegar
- Bring a cup of water to boil.
- Add 2 tablespoons each of lavender flowers (dried), dried mint leaves and dried plantain leaf.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool down.
- Once cooled, strain the mixture.
- Add an equal amount of apple cider vinegar to the cooled mixture.
- Mix well and pour the solution into a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution on the affected areas and let it dry completely.
- Repeat spraying whenever required or several times a day.
Tips and Precautions:
- Drink plenty of tea so that the benefits of tea can work from inside as well.
- Apart from using a single variety of tea, you can try different teas for a single method.
- Use a sunscreen lotion with high SPF to protect your skin from harmful sun rays.
- If you are going to stay out for a long time, reapply sunscreen lotion every few hours.
- If it can be avoided, stay out of the sun during peak hours.
- Wear loose fitted clothing. Prefer light colors and cotton fabrics.
- Use hats, scarf or other accessories to protect your head.
- Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection to protect your eyes.
- Don’t try to remove the peeling skin caused by sunburn.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. People who stay hydrated are less likely to develop third-degree sunburns.
- If the sunburn affected area is developing blisters consult for immediate help.