How to Use Aloe Ice Cubes to Treat Sunburn
Depending on your geographic location, your winter months may be spent staying indoors for several hours and then wearing several layers of clothing when you go outdoors.
When the sun finally emerges, you rip off those excess layers of restrictive attire and run outside to bathe yourself in the sun’s warm glow. You were so giddy about basking in that bright light from above that you forgot to put on sunscreen.
Within a few hours, you realize your mistake when you see you have a sunburn. The reddish hue of your skin, not to mention the stinging pain you’re starting to feel, makes you wish for a quick relief from your current state of ever-increasing misery.
Luckily, relief is well within your grasp.
The aloe vera plant has what you’re looking for to ease your pain. This plant’s soothing properties can be frozen to provide quick, portable first aid. Following these easy steps will save you from countless hours of a painful living hell.
Causes of Sunburn
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it occurs when your skin becomes damaged from overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV). You will feel the effects of the sun within 4 to 36 hours after being exposed. The CDC also reports that ultraviolet rays are the invisible parts of sunlight that carry the harmful radiation.
It’s ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) that can do the most damage since these rays can seep through your first layer of skin. People in the scientific community believe that it is the UVA and UVB rays that cause skin cancer.
The signs of too much sun can include:
- Red, swollen, painful blistering skin
The Aloe Vera SuperheroThe aloe vera plant belongs to the succulent family and has been around for thousands of years. Succulents are plants that are made up mostly of water.A cactus is another example of a succulent.
People living in the Caribbean, as well as Latin America and South African nations, have benefited from this locally grown plant. It’s origins go all the way back to biblical times when people used it to treat:
- Hair Loss
- Minor Wounds
You can either cut off or break off the leaves of the aloe vera to release its liquid in order to use it for medical purposes.
Using Aloe Vera Ice Cubes for Relief
To begin the preparation of aloe vera ice cubes, you have to get your hands on the leaves of an aloe vera plant, which can be found in gardening nurseries or anywhere plants are sold. If you can’t find any plants, you can go to a drug store or health food/vitamin store and buy a bottle of aloe vera gel.
How You Make Aloe Ice Cubes From Aloe Vera Gel
- Purchase 100 percent aloe vera gel (or the closest to 100 percent)
- Buy an extra ice tray (if you don’t have one already)
- Fill each empty ice tray compartment three-quarters of the way with aloe vera gel
- Place filled ice tray into freezer area of your refrigerator
- Wait a few hours or overnight until gel has completely frozen
Making Aloe Ice Cubes From the Leaves of An Aloe Vera Plant
- Take a knife and cut off a few leaves from a full-grown plant. Cut at an angle from the base of the plant
- Place the leaves upright in a glass. Leave them alone for about 15 minutes so that the leaves’ liquid will drip into the glass
- Pour the liquid into empty ice tray compartments
- Transfer the ice tray to your freezer and wait a few hours until the liquid is frozen
If you don’t want to wait for the leaves’ gel to drip into a glass, you can cut a leaf open, scoop out the gel with a spoon and place it into an empty ice tray. Freeze the ice tray.
You can also make these ice cubes with a portable ice maker when you’re outside. Outdoor areas like backyard pools, as well as boats and other outdoor venues, can double as first aid stations as long as you have access to an electrical outlet.
Simply run one or two ice cubes (by either preparation method) on your affected area until you feel the cooling and soothing relief.
You may want to place the ice cubes in a thin dishtowel or washcloth before applying them to reduce the dripping mess from the melted ice. A couple of sturdy paper towels will also work well.
Let your body parts that are covered with the aloe vera dry naturally. Don’t towel off.
There are ways to minimize your exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Staying indoors between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest is one way to protect yourself, says healthcare information provider, WebMD. Other ways to avoid the sun’s side effects:
- Stay in shaded areas outside
- Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of your body. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, which will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection
Overexposure can happen any time of the year, not just summertime. It is important to protect yourself from the short-term effects as well as the long-term effects (skin cancer).
Since we all go outside to worship the sun at one time or another, it’s best to have an arsenal of pain killing weapons at our disposal, just in case we get distracted and fry off.
All you have to do is repeat your favorite preparation method mentioned above to have more aloe vera ice cubes on hand when the need arises. You know that this will happen again!