Beauty & Fashion

How to treat sunburn simply

How to treat sunburn simply

Don’t forget your sunscreen if you’re planning to spend time outdoors this time of year. Some of us do, and the end result is painful – literally.

“The effects of mildly sunburnt skin can be treated though,” says Professor Patrick Bouic, independent researcher for Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals. And you won’t have to look further than your kitchen for those remedies.

As South Africa observes Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Bouic shares a few tips on how to treat sunburn simply:

Milk is magic:

Few people know that milk can effectively help treat sunburn. The fat, protein and pH of milk have a soothing anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. What’s more, if chilled, the cold temperature constricts blood vessels and reduce swelling. Decant a few millilitres of milk into a bowl, dip your facecloth in, and dab the cloth on the affected area.  

Buchu is best:

Buchu is an age-old miracle herb with endless skin benefits. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties treat the pain and discomfort of sunburn and the herb’s anti-histamine properties alleviate itching. Reach for Buchulife’s clear and cooling topical First Aid Gel and apply to the affected area. For added cooling action, keep a tube in the fridge.

Rooibos is right:

Don’t limit your use of Rooibos to a cup of tea. Instead, let the teabag steep in a cup of warm water, drain the excess water from the bag, and dab on areas affected by sunburn. And if your province is not experiencing dire water shortages, run a bath, add a few teabags and hop in.

Rooibos is known to help soothe the sting of sunburnt skin.

Water is a wonder:

Sunburn equals dehydrated skin. So, if you can’t opt for a cool shower; use a cool compress soaked in a little water to help treat your sunburnt skin. And remember to also drink plenty of water. Keeping well-hydrated helps the body to heal better naturally.

For more information, visit

Tweet: Follow us on Twitter @Buchulife

Facebook post: Like us on


Say goodbye to tough stubble!

We are giving away three BarberShop hampers!


In need of a really special treat?

Win a trip for two to Mauritius worth R75 000!


Fat Bastard. No. Not dad. Obviously. The wine.

We’ve got an extra special hamper to give away … and like love, it’s one you just can’t buy. A luxurious box with Fat Bastard Golden Reserve 2017, along with Dark Chocolate Coated Almonds.


A fairy tale for modern times

Being massive fans of everything royal (especially the recent wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry) we absolutely cannot wait for the release of this 124-page royal bookazine, The Royal Wedding: A People Magazine Exclusive Collector’s Souvenir (R100).


Stand a chance to win a Pedigree hamper for your pup

PEDIGREE® will be giving 3 lucky readers each a chance to win a PEDIGREE® puppy pack hamper with all the essentials your little one needs to start off on the right track.


Sugar-free sweets to indulge your sweet tooth

Win a packet each from the four delicious flavours: Eucalyptus (fresh minty), Ginger-Orange (spicy citrus), Lemon (refreshingly tangy) and Salvia (zesty sage).

is a national brand of premium free magazines available in centres across the country.

Click here

to see other Get It magazines in the network.