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How to Repair the Damage Caused by Sunburn

Man with a sunburnIn spite of what the media and commercial sunscreen producers will have you believe, sunlight itself is not harmful but in fact extremely beneficial to your health and general well being. However, sunburn is harmful and if you are unlucky enough to suffer from it, then you need to take several steps promptly to undo this harm.

Top ten tips to sort out the sunburn

1. Soak in a cool bath or have a cold shower (for as long as possible) for instant cool relief and to stop the skin from continuing to burn. To dry, pat the skin gently. 2. Lavender oil is an excellent essential and healing natural oil to apply to the affected area. 3. Natural yogurt is another product that can be applied and left on sunburnt skin to moisturize for an hour or so before removing. 4. A third source of relief is aloe vera. Apply either by snapping open an aloe vera stalk and using the sap or by buying an aloe vera product from your local health store. 5. Once the sunburned area has cooled down and lost its redness, apply calendula lotion – that is one with the ability to penetrate the dermis of the skin to help stimulate new cell growth. 6. Make sure, once the sunburn has healed, to protect the affected area from further sun for the time being. This can be achieved by applying a thick layer of zinc oxide. 7. If there is any hint of scarring, H-Scars Formula uses established homeopathic ingredients and is applied topically, directly to the scar, helping to repair and restore the skin. 8. Internally, you can also help the situation by taking generous doses of vitamin A, vitamin C (with lysine) and zinc amino acid chelate for promoting collagen formation. 9. To avoid sunburn in the future, here is our recipe for a natural sun cream. 10. Safe sunlight exposure is always recommended for optimum vitamin D absorption. Spending 20 to 30 minutes daily in the sun (but minus any sunscreen) between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm - the 2 hours either side of 12 noon - with as much skin exposed until it starts to turn the lightest shade of pink is ideal. The darker your skin tone and the older you are, the more sunshine is needed, making sure that you don't rush off to get showered straight after your time in the sun but always move out of the sun or cover up with light clothing and a shady hat.

More about vitamin D

Vitamin D is not a vitamin at all but a feel good hormone that is probably the single most important factor in human health and, unfortunately, much of the world’s population is deficient in this vital vitamin (hormone). Every tissue in our bodies needs vitamin D and will not work correctly if we do not get enough. A vitamin D3 supplement can be taken orally with the average adult needing to take 8,000 IUs per day in order to elevate their levels above 40 ng/ml, believed to be the absolute minimum for disease prevention. Vitamin D3 supplements are easily obtained from a health store. Only animal-based food sources, such as fish, egg yolk and raw milk, contain D3. Unfortunately, these levels are low and will not be enough to eliminate any deficiency if you do not have sufficient sunlight or take a supplement.

How to test your vitamin D levels

You can find out your vitamin D levels using a 25(OH)D test, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D. This can be done by your local lab taking a blood sample and carrying out the test for you.

Every age group needs to ensure sufficient levels of vitamin D

Whatever your age, vitamin D is proven to be an incredibly powerful immune modulator, boosting your immune system and helping to protect you from illness. And it is not just important for adults but for children too.

Why do children need vitamin D?

Children need vitamin D to fight the colds, flu and other viruses or bacteria that they are going to come into contact with. If children have had a wonderful sunny summer outdoors with sensible sunlight exposure and no sunburn, but without being covered in sun block all day long, they could well have built up sufficient vitamin D levels to see them through the winter months. But you will never know if they are not tested.

Fear of sunlight

Many people are still concerned about sunlight and skin cancer. The irony is that, far from causing skin cancer and in particular melanomas, safe sunlight exposure and high vitamin D levels actually prevent these conditions. In the past few decades, the cosmetic industry, with the help of the media, has been actively promoting the use of sun blocks by building up a fear of sunshine which is partly why many now suffer from vitamin D deficiency. The concern should be re-directed to avoiding sunburn and not sunlight.