Many of us wonder if we can put aloe vera gel on before going in the sun.
In this blog post, I will aim at answering this question along with a few others such as “how to use aloe vera for treating sunburns?” and “can aloe vera be used for all types of sunburns?”.
Let’s get started!
Most of us know that aloe vera is effective in treating sunburns. Aloe vera gel can be applied before exposure to the sun. While some studies show that Aloe Vera may block roughly 20% of UVs, it’s not a substitute for sunscreen. If you’d like to learn more about using natural ingredients to prevent sunburn, check out our blog post here.
There are also numerous other benefits of aloe vera gel like skin moisturising, ageing, reducing infection, and lightening blemishes.
How does sunburn occur?
When the ultraviolet rays (UV rays) from the sun or other sources falls on the skin, it damages the DNA that is present inside the skin cells. This causes the death of the cells and activates the immune system which releases inflammatory proteins. To carry the immune cells to the damaged skin, the blood vessels dilate thereby increasing the blood flow. This process results in the skin turning reddish and painful.
Sunburns can be categorised into four types.
- First-degree burns: Involves only the outer layer of skin and results in slight pain, swelling, and redness.
- Second-degree burns: Involves in damage to the deeper layers causing blisters.
- Third-degree burns: Involves in damage to all the layers of the skin.
- Fourth-degree burns: Involves in damage to the skin and might involve joints and bones.
Third- and fourth-degree burns should not be treated using aloe vera gel at home as they are medical emergencies. They have to be treated at the hospital.
Only the first- and second-degree burns can be treated using aloe vera gel.
Aloe vera for treating sunburns
Did you know that aloe vera is sometimes referred to as the ‘burn plant’ due to its tendency to treat burns? It has been used for thousands of years in treating burns and wounds.
Because the sun dries out your skin, hydrating it before and after sun exposure is recommended. Aloe vera gel is the most effective component for this.
Aloe vera gel is extracted from Aloe Barbadensis, a succulent. Aloe Vera has many beneficial characteristics, including stimulating skin restoration after sunburn and hydrating and moisturising the skin. It also relieves rashes and irritations on the skin (e.g. eczema).
How to use aloe vera gel for sunburns
You can also use lavender essential oil to treat sunburn, but be sure to follow all of the typical essential oil safety precautions. Lavender essential oil is combined with aloe gel and other natural ingredients to form a gorgeous After-Sun Serum, which is one of the recipes in my online DIY skincare course for beginners. If you’re interested in trying out this online course, you can learn more about it by clicking here. In the course, I also go over the benefits of aloe gel, shea butter, and lavender essential oil in greater depth.
Hope you found this blog post useful. Please feel free to shoot any questions you may have in the comments below!