So you’ve stayed out too long in the sun, and your face is pink and sensitive. Ouch!
Don’t despair. While you may be uncomfortable for a day or two, there’s a great way to help repair your skin faster, cool the burn, and help reduce or even prevent peeling. It’s not just for your face, either. If you’ve gotten a sunburn anywhere on your body, you can safely leave this treatment on your skin for as long as you like, though 15-30 minutes at a time should be plenty. If it’s a more serious sunburn, you can repeat it several times a day.
This is a great time to try a type of green tea called Matcha. This is a higher grade type of tea, and it’s a powder made from the youngest tea leaves. It has a strong green tea flavor with a hint of bitterness, and is also good in foods like ice creams and crepes. If you don’t have access to matcha, don’t worry, there’s an alternate recipe at the bottom.
Try this at home!
Green Tea Mask for Sunburn
1 teaspoon Matcha powder
1 teaspoon Raw Honey
2 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel
1 tablespoon plain yogurt (avoid non-fat, the fat will help skin heal faster)
These ingredients are enough for 1 or 2 applications to your face, so mix more if you’re covering a larger area, adjust as needed. Simply mix all the ingredients together and apply to skin, avoiding the eyes and any open wounds. This mix will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. It’s even more pleasant when applied chilled!
No Matcha Mask
Green tea is still necessary, though you can use the leaves of a cup you brewed yourself, instead of the matcha powder. Simply make a mug of your favorite green tea, and allow the leaves to cool. After they are cooled, use at least 1 teaspoon of them in place of the matcha, and keep the rest of the recipe the same. Let this mix sit for at least two hours in the fridge before applying, so the antioxidants left in the tea leaves have time to be absorbed into the mask.