Aloe Vera is known to help relieve the pain of sunburn and helps reduce healing time. You can also brush with olive oil which is rich in antioxidants and will contribute to reduce damage caused by ultraviolet sunrays. Naturopath Colette Dumais also recommends on her website using compresses of raw carrot pulp to treat the skin for its healing and disinfecting powers. Use only if affected area is not too important.
Using cornstarch to relieve the pain associated with sunburnMix 1 cup of cornstarch in a hot water bath and let your child rest 20 to 30 minutes. For a more concentrated effect, you can also apply a paste of equal amounts of cornstarch and baking soda on the body or add a tablespoon of each in 2 litres of water, soak gauze bandages and apply to the affected areas 20 to 30 minutes.
The best remedy: Prevention
Why cure when you can prevent? Passeport Santé advises us to always use sunscreen for sun protection, even when it is cloudy outside. You should get sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15. For the sensitive skin of children, it is even recommended to use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, which you can apply 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure.
Fun discovery: The Savon Populaire soap company provides you with everything you need to make yourself a homemade sunscreen stick made with natural products that will leave your skin silky and fragrant and which offers an SPF protection of approximately 30+.
You can also cover the parts of your body most likely to burn by wearing a hat, sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV rays and loose clothing, preferably in light colors.
The Canadian Cancer Society also invites you to seek shade to reduce sun exposure, especially during the period when the rays are at their highest intensity, from 11AM to 4PM.