How to treat sunburn
Sunburn isn’t fun for anyone, especially if you’re on vacation and need to get relief quickly. While there are plenty of natural ways to treat sunburn, what role can essential oils play?
“The goal of treatment after sunburn is multifactorial—your skin needs intensive rehydration and a calming agent to help with the inflammation,” says Mara Weinstein Velez, MD, a dermatologist the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. “We also need an antioxidant to scavenge the free radicals and help repair sunburn cells,” she says.
Essential oils you should look for
There are certain essential oils that are healthy for skin. “Tea tree oil, lavender, geranium, peppermint, coconut, and chamomile are all soothing, especially with sunburns,” says Michele Green, MD, clinical instructor of dermatology at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. “I like chamomile the best. It can be applied immediately after a burn. Coconut oil also is really soothing, much like aloe vera gel.” (Here are some other essential oils that do wonders for the skin.)