Beat sunburn... with the sunshine vitamin!
It can happen in a matter of minutes.
If you're outside just a little bit longer than you intended, you can start to bake... and even burn right up.
Next thing you know, you're battling the agony of sunburn -- and the days of pain, itching, and peeling skin that follow.
Now, the latest research reveals a promising natural treatment that can help cool the burn, ease the pain, and bring real relief.
It's not some chemical spray or medicated ointment.
It's plain old vitamin D!
How's that for irony? The sunshine vitamin -- made by exposing your skin to the very same sun that CAUSED the burn -- just might actually help to reverse it!
Obviously, you don't want to run back outside to get more D. It could turn your skin even crispier.
But ordinary D supplements taken within an hour of your sunburn can help stimulate healing and undo the damage of sunburn.
In the new study, folks had their arms placed under a UV lamp and deliberately burned.
Sixty minutes later, they were given either high-dose D supplements or a placebo.
Two days later, the folks who had the supplements had less inflammation and redness -- and skin biopsies revealed less structural damage in the skin itself, including lower levels of two key markers of damaging inflammation.
That's all good news, since vitamin D is perfectly safe and completely natural... but there are a couple of catches here.
First, the doses in the study were very high. The best results came at a dose of 200,000 IU in a single day.
That's not a dangerous dose when taken only rarely, but since it's much higher than normal -- by a factor of as much as 100 -- you'll definitely want to talk to your doc before trying this at home.
And second, the study only had 20 people in it.
So, while it's certainly interesting, I'd need to see more human studies before I'd consider recommending high-dose D for sunburns (but do be sure to get your normal doses of the sunshine vitamin each day, even if you haven't gotten sunburned).
Meanwhile, you've got other options for easing the agony of sunburn, including natural aloe. Just be careful with the store-bought gels -- because tests earlier this year found that many contain little to no aloe.
Buy an aloe plant instead.
They're low-maintenance and pleasant to look at -- and when you need some aloe, you can get it right from the source by breaking off a branch and squeezing out the gel that's inside.