35 Magic Remedies for Sunburns

14. Or Just Keep It Simple Maybe you don’t have oatmeal or apple cider vinegar sitting around your home. Even if you don’t have any handy… Trista - August 11, 2019
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14. Or Just Keep It Simple

Maybe you don’t have oatmeal or apple cider vinegar sitting around your home. Even if you don’t have any handy home remedies for a sunburn, a simple soak in cool bath water is enough to relieve the pain.

You can do this for as long as you’re experiencing discomfort from your sunburn. We promise that there are no avid side effects, aside from pruned skin. Besides, you should avoid a shower with a pounding spray that only hurts your skin more.

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15. Compress the Pain Away

If bath soaks aren’t your thing, there are other ways you can take care of the pain. A cold compress does the trick, as long as you don’t make it too cold and shock your skin. Soak a small washcloth in cold water and wring it out until it’s damp.

Then press the washcloth against your skin for a few minutes at a time. You will need to refresh the cool water over and over again, depending on how extensive your sunburn is.

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16. Essential Oils Directly on the Skin

Instead of putting the oils in your bathwater, you can apply a few drops on your actual skin. Choose lavender or Helichrysum to soothe the skin.

It will also leave you smelling wonderful, so you’re not walking around the rest of the day smelling like a medicine cabinet. Your skin will thank you too.

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17. Slap on Some Aloe Vera

Look for lotions or salves that contain Aloe Vera. It’s known for being a very soothing ingredient and will keep the skin moisturized to minimize peeling.

Aloe Vera is one of the most common ingredients in treatments for sunburns, but if you have a plant at home, it doesn’t hurt to tear off one leaf and slather the gel across your burn. There’s no such thing as using too much either, but your plant may not appreciate all of its leaves being torn off.

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18. Won’t Put a Curse On You

You may never expect for something called witch hazel to take care of your skin, but it actually works wonders. It’s also used for mosquito and tick bites that can be quite itchy and will reduce inflammation.

Just apply a few drops of it to a cotton ball and rub it onto the area very gently. Very quickly, you’ll start to feel the soothing relief on your skin.

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19. Boil a Cup for the Afternoon

And we’re not talking about for drinking. Black tea is perfect for relieving skin conditions due to the amount of tannic acid that is present.

The tannic acid is what draws heat from the sunburned skin and returns the pH balance of the skin to normal. Just boil a few bags of black tea and allow it to cool before applying it to the skin. You could even add some mint for a more soothing effect.

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20. Tea Bags for Your Eyes

You’ve heard about placing tea bags on your eyes to get rid of dark circles, but you can also do the same thing for your face of it’s sunburned.

Instead of boiling, stick some black tea bags in some cold water and once they’re soaked through, apply them to your face. They’re good at reducing the burn and will make your skin look less red.

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21. Keeping Your Lips Kissably Soft

Got sunburned lips? No problem. A great and easy solution is to add petroleum jelly to them. It would be best to do this at night to reduce the chances of ingestion.

Petroleum jelly works to keep the skin moisturized to minimize the chances of peeling and making the skin look worse. A little dab into the entire container and smear it onto your lips, no problem.

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22. Cool as Cucumbers

Cucumbers are great at moisturizing the areas around your eyes, but did you know that they’re also great at dealing with sunburns? So if you’re making a salad during the summer, save a few slices in case you end up with some painful blotchy skin.

Cucumbers are a natural antioxidant and analgesic, meaning that it relieves pain. Just chill a few slices in the fridge, then put them into your blender to turn them into a paste. Apply it to the sunburned areas of your body for instant cooling relief.

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23. Straight from the Cow’s Udders

Trying to drink milk fast enough so that the stuff you have doesn’t spoil in the fridge can feel like a lesson in futility. But during the summer months, you can really put that milk to use in keeping the sting away.

Soak a washcloth in some cool, not cold, milk and apply it to your sunburned skin. The protein in the milk will actually create a film over the skin, which helps to ease the discomfort of sunburn. This home remedy works well with cow’s milk, as well as any nut milk.

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24. Fruit and Nuts

If you don’t have milk, then you can do the same thing with yogurt. Greek works best, as there’s less sugar content in it so that your skin won’t feel sticky.

Instead of using a washcloth, apply the yogurt directly to your skin for a soothing effect. Leave it on the skin until it’s no longer cool. You can replace it if you want, but it’s not necessary.

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25. Forget About the Butter and Salt

Potatoes are some of the most impressive starches in the world. You can eat them whole, baked, fried, mashed — there’s no bad way to have a potato.

So if you have some lying around during the summer, you have one home remedy for sunburns at your disposal. Boil and mash a few potatoes and then place it in the fridge to cool. Apply it to the sunburned areas of your skin to draw out the heat so that your pain is reduced. This trick also promotes healing, so you won’t have terrible scars left afterward.

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26. Thickening Agent for Your Skin

Cornstarch is usually used to thicken gravy or any other liquid. So if you love cooking in the home, you likely already have this in your cupboards.

Mix a little cornstarch with water to create a paste and then apply directly to the sunburned areas of your skin. No side effects with this treatment and you can easily wash it off with some lukewarm water once it dries out.

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27. A Trip to the Pharmacy

This plan isn’t an at-home remedy if you don’t already have these in your cabinet. A few OTC pain relievers are great at taking care of pain and inflammation.

Products containing ibuprofen or naproxen work wonders are relieving sunburn pain and the inflammation that comes with it. They’re not going to reduce the redness of your skin, though, but at least you’ll be a little more comfortable.


28. Not an Itch to Scratch

With sunburns comes itchy, flaky skin. Your body is trying to get rid of the damaged parts of your skin, and it can be very tempting to start peeling it off.

But that’s the worst thing you can do. To alleviate the itch, you can apply some hydrocortisone cream to the area. The itching will stop, and it will also reduce the swelling and pain that comes with sunburns.

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29. Lidocaine

Most sunburn ointments possess lidocaine, which is a great numbing agent that is used by many medical doctors. It is also used in surgery and the treatment of internal conditions that require the numbing of the area.

Lidocaine is generally pretty safe and can be applied topically to the skin with little to no side effects. Combining lidocaine with aloe vera both numbs the pain and cools the area.

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30. Staying Hydrated

You can take care of your sunburn from the inside out by staying hydrated during the hot summer months. Drink a lot of water or sports drinks with electrolytes to replace any fluid you lose through your skin.

This doesn’t mean that drinking a lot of water will prevent sunburns from occurring. But it will help the healing process by keeping your skin moisturized so that it doesn’t itch as much.

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31. Turning on a Fan

Cooling down the skin is essential to ease your pain and suffering. Instead of lying on the couch with the air conditioning on, turn it down and get a fan out instead.

An electric fan helps to push cool air across the skin that can alleviate the pain. Air conditioning tends to dry out the skin, which can sometimes make itching worse.

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32. Vitamin E + C to Improve Your Skin

It’s best not to use lotions while your skin is still hot and tender. Once it’s cool, you can then apply some to your skin to minimize the peeling.

Both vitamins E and C are antioxidants that can decrease the inflammation of the skin, making it less red over time. You can look for lotions that have these vitamins in them, or you can take supplements directly to keep your skin looking its best.

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33. Decreasing Your Risk of Sunburns

The rays of the sun are hottest and brightest during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. You should avoid going outside during these hours, but if you do, wear sunscreen.

Don’t think that a cloudy day is going to save you either. Clouds do nothing to prevent UVB light from getting to your skin, and you can still get sunburned on a cloudy day. Don’t risk it and cover up with some sunblock.

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34. 30 is the Magic Number

SPF 15 feels like a sound option to make, but you’d be surprised that that’s not going to do anything for you. Most doctors recommend at least SPF 30 or higher if you want to prevent sunburns from occurring.

This advice is because SPF 30 blocks half the amount of radiation as SPF 15, meaning that you’re less likely to get burned. You will have to reapply it every two hours or so to maintain the same level of protection, however, so take your sunblock with you if you’re away from home.

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35. Taking Care of Your Skin

If you notice any dark spots on your skin that weren’t there before, it would be a good idea to head to a dermatologist. It could be a mutating mole or a small growth of skin cancer.

Don’t panic when you spot one; these are easy to take care of in the early stages before they develop into tumors. You can make an appointment to remove them; sometimes even through walk-ins, which means no recovery time on your part.