Sunburn is caused by the overexposure to the harmful ultraviolet radiations―sunrays (naturally) and tanning beds (artificially). Symptoms of sunburn that are found in humans include reddish skin with itchiness, hot on touch, mild dizziness, tiredness, and fatigue.
These mild sunburns and their symptoms can result into malignant melanoma (a kind of skin cancer). First of all, you should try to avoid it as much as possible. However, upon occurrence, you need to get it treated in a timely manner in order to avoid any further complications. There are several home treatments for sunburns available, one of which is an oatmeal bath.
Bathing with Oatmeal?
Oatmeal is the ground form of oat groats and is very useful in the formation of various cosmetics, alcohol, soaps, topical medical applications, cakes, breads, porridge, cookies, and also pet food. There are numerous health benefits of oatmeal including lowering the blood cholesterol levels, increasing the rate of metabolism, stabilizing blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of heart diseases, etc.
As far as taking an oatmeal bath is concerned, many times, you must have heard from a health care provider that it is beneficial for infants, as a substitute to several commercial bathing products. They are taken as a special treatment to cure several skin disorders like chickenpox, dry skin, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, eczema, pinworms, shingles, diaper rash, poison sumac, and sunburn. A homemade version of the bath can be extremely easy, once you get to know its proper procedure.
Steps to Follow
Having such a bath is an initial and inexpensive option available to those who are suffering from sunburn. Oatmeal is available in the market for a relatively inexpensive cost.
Items to Collect
- Whole milk, 1 cup
- Oatmeal, unflavored, ½ cup
- Lavender buds, dried, ¼ cup
- Muslin cloth
Step 1 - Pour dry oatmeal in a bowl and use a spoon to slightly mash it.
Step 2 - Add lavender buds or dried lavender leaves into the bowl.
Step 3 - Mix everything together with the spoon and scoop it into a piece of muslin cloth; tie a knot.
Step 4 - Go inside the bathroom and run a bath of cold water.
Step 5 - Pour the milk in and place the oatmeal-lavender mix bag in the water.
Step 6 - Once water is filled, step in the bathtub and relax. You can also squeeze the oatmeal bag slightly to release more liquid into the water.
Step 7 - After 10 minutes, come out of the bathtub and gently pat yourself dry.
There are three degrees of sunburn and only mild sunburns must get treated by the homemade oatmeal bath and any home remedy for sunburns for that matter. If the burns are penetrating and causing more than the normal pain, make sure you give proper attention to such sunburn treatment.
Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.