It is a long, hot summer, and for many of us, our skin is certainly feeling the effects. Without proper protection, like sunscreen, clothing and shade, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can have damaging effects on the skin — the most immediate, perhaps, being the dreaded sunburn.
At the root of it, a sunburn is damage to some of the cells of the epidermis layer of the skin. In recognizable terms: inflammation is the redness, swelling, and sensation of discomfort (or burning) that you get with a sunburn.
Our bodies do have natural defenses against the sun — the first being your skin’s thickness, followed by the pigment in your skin. However, a too long exposure to sun might overpass your natural defenses.
So, then what do you do when you get a nasty sunburn? Put some tea on it, of course!
Black tea contains antioxidants and it helps to draw out the heat and redness of a sunburn, reducing the pain and ability to blister. All you need to do is put a couple of Good Morning tea bags in a cup of warm water and wait until it darkens. Then soak a towel in it and apply to the burnt surface, until the pain subsides. If it’s really serious you can put the tea bags directly on your skin.