When it comes to life hacks about sunburns, this coconut oil is one of my favorites. Simply put, getting a sunburn hurts and when you get one, you are willing to do almost anything to make the pain go away. So we looked into the life hack that says applying coconut oil will help treat a sunburn.
After a sunburn, your skin may start to peel. This is a sign that your body is trying to rid itself of damaged cells. Never try to peel the skin yourself; let it come off naturally.
Coconut oil is high in saturated fats and is used to treat many skin conditions including dermatitis and eczema. Coconut oil can help cool and soothe your sunburned skin and relieve some of the symptoms such as itching and peeling.
When you get a sunburn you want to apply a cool, damp towel to the affected area to help cool down the skin. You can also take a cool (not cold) bath or shower to help speed up this process. Once your skin has cooled down, you can apply coconut oil to your sunburned skin.
A 2012 study showed that applying things like coconut oil that are high in fats, may speed up healing time and reduce dryness often associated with burns.
Lauric acid is the saturated fat found in coconut oil and studies have shown that lauric acid has some antibacterial abilities that may even help prevent infection and help reduce inflammation.
What you absolutely don’t want to do is apply vinegar, either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to a sunburn. Although some people swear by this hack, it can actually make the problem worse. For blistered skin, a small amount of vinegar mixed with cool water can help to dry out the blisters. For a regular sunburn, however, the mild acidity of vinegar can further dry your skin, making the burn worse.
Coconut oil has grown in popularity in recent years. People seem to think it’s the answer to everything. While I can’t attest tot hat, I can say that when it comes to helping a sunburn, coconut oil seems to genuinely work.
In addition to soothing your sunburn, it may also enhance the skin’s protective barrier functions. According to a 2017 study, however, it’s worth noting their study used cultured coconut extract (CCE), which undergoes a further bacterial fermentation process.
When it comes to treating your own sunburn you should remember to cool your skin first with a wet towel or cool bath. Only after your skin has cooled should you apply the coconut oil. Also, remember to drink lots of water when you have a sunburn.
A sunburn hurts you in more ways than one. The danger goes far beyond any short-term pain, redness, and discomfort because after the sunburn fades, lasting damage remains. Sunburn accelerates skin aging and is a leading cause in the majority of cases of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- Even without a burn, sun exposure raises skin cancer risk. Even if you are tan or your skin type is dark and your skin does not redden, the sun can cause cellular damage that can lead to cancer.
- The UV index is a factor: The sun varies in intensity by season, time of day, and geographic location. A high UV index means that unprotected skin will burn faster or more severely. Be careful, especially when the sun is strongest. But even when the index is low, the risk remains. Protect yourself every day of the year.
- You can burn on an overcast day: Be careful even when the sun isn’t shining. Up to 80 percent of UV rays can penetrate clouds.
- Light pink is still bad: No matter how mild, every burn is a sign of injury to your skin that can result in premature aging and skin cancer.