I made the stupidest mistake for a red-headed Australian yesterday – I sat in the sun for a few hours during the highest UV danger time of the day. So of course by the time I headed home I was feeling dopey, my head was sore and my nose and cheeks were pink with sunburn.
I don’t know why I did it, peer pressure maybe, or perhaps I’m just too used to the gentle sun in Canada and Europe. But sunburn feels horrible, it ages the skin like you would not believe and it encourages acne so you won’t catch me out in the sun like that again.
Here is a video I just recorded about my sunburn!
Aloe vera truly is a magical plant. If you don’t have one in a pot or your back garden, I highly recommend to ask your friends and family if they have one that you can take a cutting from, or purchase one from a garden store.
The gel out of the leaf is amazing to use on sunburn. When you need it, just cut off a leaf and put it into the freezer. After a while it will be nice and cold and feel amazing on your sunburn. You’ll also most likely find the redness has disappeared by the next day.
This is what aloe vera looks like. And what the gel looks like inside the leaf-
Here is a link to the packaged aloe vera gel I bought from Thursday Plantation. I actually just bought this from my local grocery store (Coles), but I’m sure better options are available at all good health stores.
And lastly, here is an example of a UV graph. They have them for most cities around the world so just do a search for your local area. Here is the link to the graph in my city, Brisbane. As you can see, yesterday in the middle of the day was a stupid time for me to be out in the sun because the UV was very high.
Enjoy the sun everyone but don’t let it bite you!