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Home Remedies That Heal 5 Summer Skin Problems

By    |   Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:09 AM

For many of us, summer means spending time outdoors basking in the sun, hiking in the woods, or swimming. But these activities often have hidden health hazards to our skin.
 
The good news is that even if Mother Nature has a dangerous side, she’s also a wonderful healer.

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“Many of our modern medications started out as plants,” notes Kenneth Beer, M.D. clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Miami and the developer of Scientific Skin products. “Some simple compounds found in plants and herbs contain powerful medicine.”
 
Here are 5 summer skin woes that can be healed with natural remedies:
 
Sunburn: Of course, it is better to prevent sunburn by wearing long sleeves, using sunscreen on exposed areas, and eating foods rich in beta carotene like carrots and sweet potatoes. But if you do get burned, use aloe vera gel to relieve pain, speed healing, and prevent scars and blisters. You can buy the gel or keep an aloe vera plant on hand and spread the sap from the leaves onto the afflicted area. The plant is easy to grow in a sunny spot.
 
Ellen Kamhi, author of The Natural Medicine Chest, says that smearing mashed avocado over burned skin can also be soothing. Place moist, green tea bags over the eyes to reduce inflammation and swelling due to too much sun.
 
Bug Bites: Take the sting out of bug bites by mixing baking soda with water or apple cider vinegar to make a paste and applying to the affected area. Some folks swear by tea tree oil to alleviate itching. Rubbing alcohol and witch hazel are also useful because they contain antiseptic properties which may prevent infection, says Dr. Beer.
 
Athlete’s Foot: Sweaty shoes can increase the risk of fungal infections like athlete’s foot. Tea tree oil is effective because it is a potent anti-fungal agent. Mix a few drops of it with olive oil and massage onto your feet twice daily. Continue for several months until the fungus is gone. Be sure to select brands that are 100 percent tea tree oil.
 
Poison Ivy: Hiking in the woods can bring you painfully close to poison ivy, which is common in many parts of the country. Some people can have a severe reaction to poison ivy or poison sumac – and they should consult a doctor. Those more mildly afflicted with an itchy rash can find relief with by soaking in a cool, oatmeal bath using a commercial product such as Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment. Another option is to grind steel-cut oats into a fine powder, placing it in cheesecloth, and then adding it to bath water.
 
Old-fashioned calamine lotion, aloe vera, or baking soda paste are also effective in soothing the skin.
 
Splinters: Wooden patio decks often lead to food splinters. Forget the tweezers, says Dr. Mehmet Oz, and apply a ripe banana peel over the affected area. Cover with a bandage and leave it on overnight. The peel produces enzymes which help draw out foreign matter that can cause infection. The splinter will rise to the top of the skin and may even stick itself to the banana peel, making it easy to remove. If the splinter is deep, you may have to repeat the process several times.
 
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Summer means spending time outdoors basking in the sun, hiking in the woods, or swimming. But these activities often have hidden health hazards to our skin. The good news is that even if Mother Nature has a dangerous side, she's also a wonderful healer.
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