Overexposure to the rays of the sun can turn your skin red, cause inflammation, and can lead to blistering and peeling. While it’s best to protect yourself from overexposure to ultraviolet rays, sometimes a sunburn cannot be avoided. The next time you get scorched, take advantage of chamomile tea’s anti-inflammatory benefits, and sponge your skin down with some cooled tea. You can also apply some fresh aloe vera, which is soothing, cool, and can help take the sting out of your sunburn.*
To help keep your skin from peeling after a sunburn, blend some papaya in a blender and apply it to your skin. Papaya contains an enzyme known as papain that has natural healing properties and speeds the growth of new tissues.
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