The social media are full of some homemade natural remedies, fad diets, easy tricks, and beauty tips, so we should always take these pieces of advice with a grain of salt.
However, the post of a mom from Texas went almost immediately viral as soon as she published it, and doctors actually supported her.
Namely, dermatologists confirmed the healing powers of the product Cindie Allen-Stewart used to soothe sunburns. She shared her wisdom with her Facebook friends in order to help them:
“I recently told a friend about a sunburn treatment that works wonders. She told me she had never heard about it, so I figured I’d make a post because I was sunburned recently.”
It is actually not a trick, as all you need to use is foamy menthol shaving cream, spread it onto the sunburnt areas of the skin, and in just a few hours, you can actually cure it. Moreover, she claims that the skin won’t peel after being treated like this.
“I burn, then do shaving cream, and the next day, it’s usually gone.
You don’t want to just put it straight on your back because it’s really cold. You want someone to put it on their hand and rub it on.”
Leave the foam to act for about half an hour, and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
If in any case, the pain and discomfort continue the next day, repeat the treatment.
Numerous doctors agree with Allen-Stewart and claim that the shaving cream treatment is a good way to remedy the issue.
According to Dr. Ross Radusky:
“If you look at the ingredients of shaving cream, it’s really a great moisturizer. It has a lot of coconut oil, coconut butter or derivatives of it. That’s actually what gives it some of its thickness and why you sort of lather it on.”
Furthermore, the menthol will soothe the pain, and the moisturizing ingredients will repair the damage to the skin.
The words of the NYC dermatologist Howard Sobel confirm this:
“Menthol has a cooling effect, which will help calm the discomfort of a sunburn. Especially if there is Aloe in the shaving cream, it will work as an anti-inflammatory, and help relieve the irritation of burnt skin.”
Yet, note that it might cause a breakout of acne on the skin. Nevertheless, remember that the best sunburn treatment involved proper hydration and rest.
Here are some other effective ways to naturally soothe the discomfort due to sunburns:
- Despite plenty of water, make sure you eat many water-rich foods, such as watermelons
- To treat the swelling and to absorb the heat, keep a bag of frozen peas or some other cold compress on the affected areas
- To prevent inflammation and relieve the itchiness, enjoy a cool bath with some baking soda
- Add some apple cider vinegar or white vinegar to a cool bath and soak in it to treat the pain and itchiness
- After a nice cool bath, apply a generous amount of some moisturizing cream on the burnt areas