We’ve been hearing that coconut oil is quite a competitor when it comes to treating sunburn, but is it actually good for you?
Every year, the podium to best soothing after-sun treatment goes to aloe vera. However, we’ve been hearing lately that coconut oil might be good to treat sunburn, too. Let’s see about that.
Let’s get things straight: this type of remedies should only be used to treat mild sunburns. If things got ugly, you should see a doctor first. That being said, let’s take a look at these two competitors.
Why is aloe vera an all-time fan favorite?
Aloe vera is packed with antioxidants and antibacterial properties. These two things combined work well together to inhibit the growth of bacteria and promote healing, providing a healthier skin.
How did coconut oil become so popular to treat sunburn?
Coconut oil has a lot of properties of its own, so it makes sense that some people consider it a safe bet to treat sunburns. And it is true, coconut oil can be very beneficial for the skin, especially when it comes to moisturizing. However, it is not recommended to treat sunburn directly. As a matter of fact, it can make things worse.
Ideally, and as long as your sunburn is mild, you should treat it with aloe vera for the first couple of days, and then add coconut oil to your routine, once the sunburn has healed.
Coconut oil is a thick and fatty substance, so it can easily trap the heat on the surface of your skin, worsening the burn. The exact opposite of what you want. If this happens, it will take longer to heal and your skin will be red for longer.
So, who wins?
Experts agree that coconut oil should not be used to treat sunburn, no matter how mild it is. And it shouldn’t be used while there is still a sunburn to treat, as a matter of fact. It is very beneficial for healthy skin, so use it as a moisturizer once the majority of your sunburn is gone. Sorry coconut oil, we love you, but aloe vera holds the title.