Three steps to calm a surprise sunburn

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Did you get a little too much sun this weekend?

Of course you should try to avoid sunburns whenever possible, but I think we’ve all gotten that surprise feeling of tightness on the back of the neck or the little red stripe where the sleeve ends and your arm begins.

I always leave my kids sunscreen free for at least 20-30 minutes if the sun isn’t at its peak because your body makes vitamin D when you’re exposed to the sun. If you live in Canada, most of us are already low in this vitamin. That deficiency can appear in symptoms like fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, poor concentration and more. Healthy levels of vitamin D helps keep immunity strong, balances moods and supports bone health.

I supplement everyone in my family with a single, daily drop of vitamin D3 liquid by Metagenics. If you take a vitamin D supplement, check your bottle and make sure it’s vitamin D3 – which is better absorbed – than the synthetic version, vitamin D2.

If you want to get your hands on this one, drop me a note, and since you only need a drop a day, I expect my current bottle to last for a very long time.

But back to that pesky sunburn… I used to be all about the aloe when it came to burns of any kind. But after I got my first sunburn in years this summer, I decided to try something different. (Note: this method applies for mild to moderate sunburns)

Step 1
Soak a washcloth in cold water and gently dab over the burn.
Step 2
Pour some apple cider vinegar on the wet washcloth and apply to the burn.
Step 3
Slather the burn in coconut oil.

If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, I’ve heard of using white vinegar as well but haven’t tried it myself. After following those three steps, I reapplied coconut oil before going to bed and when I woke up the next morning, the angry red skin had become a tan. No peeling, no blistering.

I’ve used this method on my husband twice this summer (here’s hoping the third time is not the charm) and he had the same results.

If you’re nursing a sunburn after the sunny long weekend, grab your vinegar and coconut oil and give this a try.