With Daylight Saving Time upon us, the promise of summer and warm weather is just around the corner. And with the weekend forecast predicting mid-90s (we love California-livin'!), I want to address a common question pregnant Mamas have:
What are toxin-free solutions to get sunburn relief while pregnant?
Witch hazel: Native Americans have been savvy to the power of witch hazel for ages. Used topically, witch hazel eases inflammation and minor burns. To naturally to get sunburn relief while pregnant, soak a cotton ball with witch hazel (our favorite brand is Thayer's Alcohol-Free Toner) and lightly immediately pat on the affected area. The Spoiled Mama's toxin-free toners also contain witch hazel, so lightly spritz the sunburn to shorten healing time and help minimize peeling.
Aloe vera: Aloe is the most popular of sunburn remedies for its availability and proven track record for helping heal sun-scorched skin. The soothing gel helps calm inflamed skin and studies suggest it may reduce healing time. For best results, use the gel from a fresh aloe plant, or alternatively, gently massage Happy Legs Aloe Gel for swollen pregnancy legs. Enhanced with cooling cucumber, the leg gel delivers a double dose of healing goodness to the inflamed area! It also doubles as one of the natural remedies for swollen feet during pregnancy and provides sunburn relief while pregnant.
Tamanu oil: A well-regarded natural oil from the tamanu tree, this wondrous oil has been scientifically proven to heal damaged and inflamed skin, while encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin tissue. Dab tamanu oil onto your sunburn to reduce healing time, or apply our Tummy Butter for stretch marks, which will deliver a healthy dose tamanu oil to your damaged skin. The best-selling belly butter will also reduce peeling and any painful stinging sensation.
Lavender essential oil: Not only does lavender provide relaxing aromatherapy, it can help heal sunburns. Rich with anti-inflammatory compounds, lavender essential oil reduces swelling, redness and healing time. To apply, dilute lavender essential oil into a body lotion or carrier oil (general rule is 3-5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp. of carrier oil) and apply to the affected area. If DIY isn't your thing, gently apply our lavender infused Bump Gloss Stretch Mark Oil over the sunburn.