6 Remedies for Sunburn Relief

It’s happened again: you were careless in the sun and caught a few too many rays, and now you find yourself paying the high price of sunburn torture. When even the slightest movement causes pain to your blistered, fire-engine red skin, you’re desperate for relief. The following remedies are soothing, while also easily accessible.  As a matter of fact, you probably have many of these remedies in your kitchen cupboards right now.

6 Remedies for Sunburn Relief

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a tried and true remedy for sunburn relief. The gel found in the aloe plant is antibacterial and anti fungal, healing any infection that might be festering in a sunburn. It also speeds the healing process by improving the circulation of blood to the area and preventing cell death. The biggest thing you’ll notice, however, is the sweet feeling of relief as you spread the naturally cool liquid over your sunburned skin.

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal helps the skin retain its natural moisture, which is essential after suffering a burn. Ground oatmeal, when combined with milk, creates a paste that will remove the sting of a sunburn. You may also add a half cup to your cool bath water for a soothing treatment. After your bath, it’s best to pat dry with your towel — any rubbing will only irritate your skin. 

3. Peppermint

The menthol contained in peppermint acts as an anesthetic. When applied to the skin, it is absorbed and numbs the muscles and nerves beneath. Boiling some peppermint tea, letting it cool down, and applying it with a washcloth can ease the pain of a sunburn. Peppermint oil (not extract) can also be relieving when applied to the skin. Make sure that there are no open blisters though — only apply to unbroken skin.

4. Tea

Many teas contain healing tannins that draw out the burn and heal the skin. These teas include black, green, and chamomile. You can make a pot of strong tea, let it cool, and then apply it to your skin with a washcloth. You may also take a few tea bags and steep them in a bathtub. Once the water is tepid or warm, take a healing, soothing soak.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an age-old treatment for sunburn. Using pure vinegar can burn the skin even more, so dilute it in water. For sunburn relief, take a 1/2 cup of vinegar and mix it in with your cool bath water — then lay back and enjoy. If you’ve never tried this method before, dilute some vinegar in a bowl of water and dab it with a washcloth on a small area of skin to see how it reacts. While many people find the treatment soothing, some find it makes the burn worse.

6. Drink Water

Hydrating from the inside can help a great deal. When you were burned, it depleted the moisture from your skin, so it’s crucial that you replenish it. Be on the lookout for signs of dehydration, including dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, headache, dizziness, and sleepiness. Treat these symptoms with at least eight glasses of water per day until you feel them subside.

Summer is the season of sunburns, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with the endless pain. Try a combination of any of these remedies and bask in that feeling of relief and healing. When you venture back out into the sun, be more careful and protect yourself!

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