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Coconut Oil Therapy for Sunburn is the Best Prescription6 min read

coconut oil for sunburn

Are you preparing for your next vacation?

Are you thinking of a trip to the beach, camping at the forest, safari, etc.?

Unfortunately, any outside activity means a mild or severe exposure to UV rays leaving you with a painful, itchy red burn.

Although doctors recommend some sensible sun exposure especially to prevent vitamin D deficiency, you have to avoid being exposed to sunlight for a long time as it causes sunburns and increases the risk of skin cancer and premature wrinkles.

Let’s keep reading to know more about sunburns and how to treat  it using Coconut Oil.

Yes, coconut oil can help you a lot out there.

First of all, What is a Sunburn?

When your body is exposed to the sun or another ultraviolet light source for a period longer than what your skin can handle, your skin releases a protective pigment called Melanin, and a sunburn occurs.

Interesting sunburn facts

If two individuals are exposed to the same type of sun exposure during intense midday sun, it could take 15 minutes for a fair- skinned person to get a sunburn, while it could take many hours for a dark-skinned person to get a the same sunburn.

  • The sunburn process starts before you see any sign on your skin
  • Blisters caused by sunburn may need 6 to 24 hours to develop
  • Drink a lot of water to hydrate your body
    Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day can help a lot
  • If you get a sunburn, consider using essential oils and consuming common foods such as oatmeal, milk, black tea as home remedies to provide natural sunburn relief.

What is Coconut Oil?

coconut oil for sunburn

Coconuts are a tropical fruit used widely for cosmetic, culinary, skin moisturizer and several medicinal purposes, especially by those live in tropical regions of the world.

Recently, coconut oil, which is nearly 100 percent fat, is being incorporated into many commercial hair and skin items due to its incredible effects on the skin and body.

Coconut oil is produced from the dried meat of the coconut fruit.

Then the manufacturers bleach and deodorize the oil to remove impurities and smells.

Moreover, virgin coconut oil is not bleached or deodorized, and it is less processed as well.

This kind of coconut oil can be produced from coconut milk or fresh coconut meat.

Coconut oil Consumption

A statistic was made in United States related to the consumption of Coconut oil from 2000 to 2016 showed the following results:

U.S. domestic coconut oil consumption is approximately 529,000 metric tons in 2016.

The global production volume of coconut oil is approximately 3.42 million metric tons in that year.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Sunburn

is coconut oil good for sunburn

The people of the tropical regions were the first ones who used coconut oil as a good moisturizer due to the high fat content, then this beneficial product spread to the whole world.

Additionally, coconut oil can be used as a natural remedy for sunburn as it can help relieve dryness, itching and other symptoms associated with sunburn

So let’s check the 3 top benefits of coconut oil which may help soothe sunburn


  • Coconut Oil can moisture the burnt area

Coconut oil contains high fat content which makes it a good moisturizer.

Although both, coconut oil and mineral oil, can be used as treatments to improve skin moisture for people with very dry skin, many studies showed that coconut oil is more effective.

  • Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties

Virgin coconut oil acts as an anti-inflammatory agent due to the antioxidants which it contains, so it could be possibly used to decrease the skin inflammation associated with sunburn.

A study was made on rats proved that using virgin coconut oil can decrease swelling caused by inflammation, reduce the fever and provide pain relief.

  • Coconut oil can be used as an anti-itch agent

According to many studies, coconut oil can be seen as a potential treatment for itchy skin which is one of the top symptoms of sunburns.

Although eczema is not a symptom of sunburn but it also causes dry, itchy skin and can be treated by coconut oil.

How to Use Coconut Oil to Heal Sunburn?

coconut oil for sunburn

Sunburns must be treated quickly.

If you wait even for few minutes, it can cause further damage to the skin.

Therefore, consider using coconut oil immediately on the burnt area instead of wasting a lot of time to reach the nearest store and get a skin lotion or some useless treatment.

The safest coconut oil is the virgin or organic coconut oil which is usually used for cooking, so you can safely use it to soothe a bad sunburn.

It is can be also used for multiple purposes especially in meal preparation and healthcare.

Here is the deal

  1. Wash your sunburn with cool water before applying coconut oil
  2. Place some oil on your fingertips
  3. Rub the oil gently on the patches of sunburn on your skin
  4. Massage the area gently till it absorbs all the oils
  5. Leave it to dry for a few minutes

Why Coconut Oil is the Best Choice for Healing the Skin

is coconut oil good for sunburn

  • Natural coconut oil, the virgin and organic oil, contains one ingredient only which is coconut oil without any additives, fragrances, or chemical fillers, so your sunburn won’t be irritated.
  • Coconut oil acts as a moisturizer, anti- itch and anti-inflammatory agent so it serves multiple purposes in soothing a sunburn.
  • It contains many natural organic compounds including lauric acid and other fatty acids, so it is capable of  decreasing redness and inflammation and speed up healing as well.
  • Coconut oil doesn’t have unpleasant side effects.
  • Coconut oil will soothe the pain and prevent dead skin from peeling off in strips.
  • It can also prevent scarring or wrinkles.
  • It contains many nutrients and vitamins including vitamin D, E, etc which treat the skin from many possible consequences.
  • The small chain fatty acids in coconut oil can be easily absorbed into the skin.
  • The natural fungal and antibacterial properties found in coconut oil can protect your skin from getting an infection.
Incredible Sunburn Remedy Recipe

Before going to your next vacation, you may like to take with you an effective home remedy to treat any possible sunburn.

So let’s collect together some ingredients and prepare a special soothing sunburn remedy:

  1. 1/8 cup of coconut oil (choose a good quality)
  2. 1/8 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
  3. Few drops of lavender oil
  1. Small bowl
  2. Spoon
  3. Small jar with twist cap
Steps to follow
  1. Place the coconut oil in the bowl
  2. Stir the oil if it is solid as we want to smooth out the lumps
  3. Add the vitamin E oil
  4. Mix up the two oils thoroughly
  5. Add lavender oil drops and keep mixing
  6. Put the mixture in a small jar, or any container with twist cap ( make sure that it conforms to airlines’ carry-on regulations.l)

Make sure to store the jar away from heat or sunlight.

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