Sunburn be gone with our friend the coconut
It’s summer time here in Australia. It’s that glorious time of year where families flock like seagulls to adventure parks and campsites and beach bums come out of hibernation for a few beautiful months. Where stubbies and singlet’s are the standard dress code for both day and night and the thong and sock tans are displayed proudly and shamelessly.
But inevitably, with this endless fun and blistering summer sun, no matter how much you slip, slop, slap- there is always one pesky sunburn that finds it way in to ruin a few of your blissful summer days. It may be that painful section on the top of your legs that gets scorched, or perhaps, even worse, that strip on the bottom of your stomach where shirt and shorts didn’t quite meet. Wherever it is, it hurts. It burns! It itches and it peels. And none of the above are fun things to go through when all you want to do is embrace the summer spirit. If you’re anything like a lot of Aussies out there, you’ll have the Aloe Vera plant on tap during these months, draining the juice out of those suckers like a vampire emptying it’s prey. However, the humble backyard greenery doesn’t always do the trick.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, is known for it’s smoothing and soothing properties- both of these GREAT for the flaming skin you’re now trying to strategically position in front of a fan. You see, coconut oil contains very important fatty components such as lauric and capric acid, which have been proven to decrease healing time as it promotes healthy skin growth. Its antibacterial properties are also great for
anti-inflammatory purposes, so you don’t feel like a giant lobster for quite so long. Apart from this, coconut oil also contains vitamin E, which is a well-known skin soother and moisteriser. If you slather it onto that nasty red skin, you will almost immediately feel a soothing sensation, kind of like that calm you feel when your hairdresser gives you a head massage. And the best thing about this natural remedy is, that when you’re skin has recovered from it’s tomatoey state, it’ll be feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom. You’ll look and feel so good you’ll want to go and strut your stuff out on the beach for all to see…just remember to cover EVERYTHING in sunscreen this time!