It doesn’t matter that we’ve been taught to slather our bodies with sunscreen from an early age or that our mother’s comments about skin damage are engrained in our brains it’s incredibly easy to miss a few spots and end up with a nasty sunburn following a day in the sun.
But it happens, nobody is perfect and despite our best efforts, the sun’s rays always manage to find a devious way of getting to our skin when we’re least expecting it — even if we’re covered up.
And it always feels like the days you end up with a nasty burn are the days when you’re having too much fun. When you're at a ballgame and you forgot to re-apply, an afternoon BBQ sitting in the shade, or you’re driving home from work with your arm resting out the window, the sun is relentless and will find you.
But rather than letting these painful burns get the best of you, it’s easy to grab brand name remedies to treat your sensitive skin, but these modern remedies can actually end up costing you a lot or being too harsh on your damaged skin. Surprisingly enough, the best remedy to treat sunburns is actually found in your pantry and it’ll leave your skin feeling instantly soothed.
Black tea, a common pantry staple, can help make our lives easier in a number of ways. Black tea is perfect for treating puffy eyes, for naturally dying hair, not to mention it’s a fantastic alternative to coffee that won’t leave you feeling jittery.
But more importantly, black tea can be used to treat irritated and damaged skin, so it’s always beneficial to keep your pantry stocked with a few extra tea bags during the warmer summer months.
All you need to do is let several black tea bags steep in cool water for a few minutes, as it will allow the tannins to release. As soon as you notice that the water has darkened, the tea-infused water and the tea bags are ready to get to work. Take a rag and soak it in the water and apply the tea to your skin without wiping it off. You must make sure to do this treatment as soon as possible or before going to bed so your body can heal itself more effectively.
The combination of cool water and the tannin found in black tea will remove the pain, heat and sting from your skin and help soothe the skin and speed recovery.