In a desperate attempt to feel summer, I grab an extra book and coconut water to go with my already packed beach bag in my car. The beaches of Santa Monica are not crowded today and conditions are prime for beach sunning, relaxing and napping. The sounds of the waves, the breeze.. I am soon to sleep. A little too long however and instead of coming home a bronzed beauty, I look more like a lobster shell colored person. Ouch! My skin feels hot and crackly and chills run down my back in almost timed rhythm. I try clear aloe gel from my refrigerator. While it feels good, sort of, it doesn’t seem to be enough. Google! What did we do without google? Everydayroots.com has the answer. Seventeen remedies for that matter. From potatoes, baking soda, milk to cornstarch. All are soothers to sunburned skin. I scroll through the home remedies and find one that calls to me. Cornstarch. Yep. This kitchen ingredient when added with water makes a smooth soothing paste that feels oh so nice. It also reduces the skin’s red glow in the process. Why does it work? There are alkaline and antiseptic properties that help restore the skins balance while healing. Our skin is our largest organ. And, sadly, one I often take for granted.
What actually happens when the skin gets burned by the sun? Huffingtonpost.com published an article, What Actually Happens When You Get A Sunburn. To sum it up, a little, the epidermis, the outer layers of our skin, get damaged. No skin burns the same. Using sunscreen is key. And always remember to reapply.
Back to my remedy..
I don’t recommend falling a sleep and getting a sunburn to test this remedy. However, should you happen to sunburn, I most certainly recommend it. As for me, I often forget that we, here in Los Angles, have what is called “Indian Summer”. SO, summer isn’t over for me. September and October are usually hot and beach days a many. This time, I will remember to apply more sunscreen.
Until Next Time..