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How to Use Coconut Oil for Sunburn

In the last few years, coconut oil has emerged as not only a superfood, but also a substance that has great benefits when applied topically, whether it be to the hair or to the skin. It is a healthy substitute for butter in many recipes and people love the affects it can have on their skin and hair. Coconut oil has proven itself a worthy buy many times over and is good for you in many capacities. The benefits extend to helping heal the skin once it has been sunburned, however, you don't want to use it immediately after receiving the sunburn. You need to wait at least a day.

I know for me that the sun can be a formidable enemy. I have fair skin and even shorter amounts of time, especially in the spring, can turn my skin red and painful to the touch. Coconut oil is silky as it dries instead of sticky. It is great to have another option for treating that painful condition! There are different ways that you can use coconut oil for sunburn as well as a sunburn preventative.

What Makes Coconut Oil so Great for Treating Sunburn?

  • It helps heal sunburn skin and relieves inflammation because it contains lauric fatty acid, saturated fats and a unique combination of other fatty acids.
  • It helps to nourish and moisturize dehydrated skin.
  • It helps to reduce the discomfort that you feel when your skin is excessively dry and peels.
  • It has vitamin E and D, other nutrients and proteins that are essential for the skin.
  • It not only soothes burned skin, it also tightens it so as to prevent permanent damage such as wrinkles and skin darkening.
  • It has antioxidants that eliminates free radicals and helps to cool the sunburn.
  • It is easily absorbed into the skin.
  • It helps to regenerate your skin due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • The act of applying it helps to increase blood circulation, which also helps it to heal faster.

What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

Coconut Oil

Not all coconut oils are created equal so you should make sure you know what you're putting onto your body. You should use pure/extra virgin coconut oil on your skin.

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E is great for your skin.

Lavender Oil and Aloe Vera Gel

Combining these with coconut oil produces a sunscreen lotion.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Castor Oil and Neem Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Rose Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Bergamot oil, Tamanu Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil or Rosemary Oil

These help to sooth and relieve sunburn.

Chamomile Oil, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil or Rosehip Oil

These can help sooth irritation and peeling.

Shea butter, Avocado Oil, Sesame Oil, Aloe Vera Gel and Carrot Seed Oil

When combined with coconut oil, these produce a sunscreen.

Tea Tree Oil

When combined with coconut oil, this helps reduce inflammation, pain and irritation.

Beeswax, Honey and Sea Buckthorn Oil

This can be used to help relieve sunburn as well.

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How to Use Coconut Oil for Sunburn or Sunscreen

Pro tip

You should wait at least one day after you burn your skin before you think about applying coconut oil on it. If you use it too soon, it can actually hinder the skin from healing because it can then trap heat. In the first couple days use water or aloe vera to help it start to heal.

Be Careful in Your Coconut Oil Choice

The first thing you need to do is choose the best coconut oil for applying it to your skin. There are so many brands out there so you want to make sure you know what you're looking for. There are two main types. Coconut oil can either be unrefined/virgin or refined. Refined oils are cheaper and made from dried copra instead of fresh coconut. It also usually goes through a number of levels of processing. Virgin oil is made from fresh coconuts and is the better choice.

You can either buy coconut oil that was expeller-pressed or cold-pressed. Cold-pressed is the better was to go as it is processed in a heat-controlled environment. It is also best to choose organic. You don't want to be using coconuts that were laced with pesticides on your face.

The best way to go is organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, whether you're applying it topically or taking it internally.

Apply Coconut Oil Directly

After waiting a couple of days, apply coconut oil directly to your sunburn. Massage it in for a few minutes or leave on overnight. Another option is combining together a cup of coconut oil and a teaspoon of vitamin E oil and apply it to the sunburn.If your lips are burned, you can massage in coconut oil just as if you were using a lip balm.

Combine Coconut Oil with both Lavender Oil and Aloe Vera

This not only helps sooth sunburns, it also acts like a sunscreen lotion. Mix together one quarter cup of coconut oil with a couple of drops of both aloe vera gel as well as lavender oil. Apply it to the sunburn and let it dry.

Combine Coconut Oil with Castor Oil and Essential Oils

Castor oil is also great at repairing and rejuvenating the skin, while essential oils also nourish it. Mix together, in a bowl, one half of a cup of coconut oil, one quarter cup each of liquid aloe vera, castor oil and apple cider vinegar, two tablespoons of vitamin E oil and between three and 10 drops of essential oils. These include the list of oils listed above, such as tea tree oil, jojoba oil, neem oil, rose oil and others. 

Pro-tip- Do not use apple cider vinegar on broken skin.

Coconut oil and an Essential Oil

Mix 20 drops of either chamomile oil or lavender essential oil with four ounces of coconut oil. Apply to sunburn and massage in gently before removing with a washcloth.

Pro-tip- Do not use this combination of ingredients until a day or two after you got the burn.You can also mix one quarter cup of coconut oil, five drops of lavender oil, six drops of peppermint oil and six drops of rosehip oil. Then put the mixture into a cool bath and soak for 30 minutes to help relieve the burn.

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Make Coconut Oil Sunscreen

Melt together one tablespoon of Shea butter and two tablespoons of coconut oil. Add in about 25-30 drops of carrot seed oil, half of a teaspoon of aloe vera gel, half of a teaspoon of sesame oil and one tablespoon of avocado oil. Put the mixture into a glass jar an let it cool. You can then use this as your regular, and natural, sunscreen lotion.-

Make a Mixture to Help Sunburn Itch

Combine two tablespoons coconut oil with between two and four drops of tea tree oil. Then apply it on the sunburn and massage it in for one to two minutes. Leave it on for a few more minutes before washing it off and applying aloe vera gel.

Combine Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar

You can also use this as a sunscreen. Mix together one cup of water and one quarter cup of apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray it on the sunburn and let it dry. Then apply coconut oil on top of it.

Combine Coconut Oil´╗┐ together with Aloe Vera Gel, Beeswax, Honey and Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sea buckthorn will help promote cell growth as well as reduce pain and swelling. Honey is great in curing burns as well. Heat one teaspoon of beeswax until it is just about to melt. Add in one quarter cup of coconut oil then finish melting both together. Next add in one teaspoon of sea buckthorn oil and one quarter cup of raw honey. Stir it together for 25-30 seconds before taking it off of the heat. You can then either use half of a teaspoon of rose water or aloe vera gel. Put the mixture into a container and let it cool overnight before applying onto the sunburn.

As you can tell, there are many different ways to use coconut oil to treat and prevent sunburn. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial about the ways and combinations to use coconut oil as a sunburn treatment as well as a sunburn preventative. Please comment with what you thought of this article and feel free to share it if you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to read it!

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