Strange But Effective Sunburn Treatments

Jun 30, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

We’ve all been there. It’s the long weekend and we’re in the sun all day. We try our best to keep our sunscreen topped up, but we still manage to burn ourselves—leaving a red glow that’s hot to the touch. Sometimes we don’t have the aloe around when we need it, and we still need SOMETHING to stop the itching and burning! As it turns out, there are plenty of home remedies that might alleviate your sunburn. We haven’t tried every single remedy ourselves, so be careful, test each method on a small part of your body, and see if it works for you. The reviews have been great, and we’re definitely willing to try them ourselves! If you get a serious sunburn this long weekend, just remember that there are simple solutions at home!

Baking Soda

Baking soda can help your skin restore its natural pH levels, which helps make a sunburn much more comfortable. Baking soda can be hard on the skin so you’ll only want to bathe in it for about 15 minutes (an entire bath should have about 1/4 cup of baking soda in total) to balance and soothe the skin, and, when you're done, add a good layer of moisturizer as well.

Yogurt

Studies have shown that the probiotics in yogurt can help to absorb some of the heat from your skin and alleviate that awful burn. Simply spread a thin layer on your skin and let it sit and absorb the heat. Wait about ten minutes and then gently rub it off with a washcloth or have a cool shower.

Oatmeal

Oats are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Pour milk, honey, and oatmeal into a bowl and create a paste that can spread on your burned skin. Allow the mixture to sit and dry for about twenty minutes before you gently remove the treatment with a washcloth or a cool shower.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is what our parents used when we had a scrape as a kid! The traditional remedy has antioxidant properties and can be used for not only cleaning cuts but soothing sunburns as well. It has been shown to reduce the healing time and possibly reduce the burnt skin from peeling and looking gross!

Cucumber

Chill cucumbers and then blend them up to create a paste. When this paste is applied to sunburnt skin, it can reduce pain and inflammation naturally! If you feel like you need a little bit extra, you can add some aloe vera juice or gel to your paste and combine the healing properties of both natural remedies.

Tomato Juice

When applied to any burn, fresh tomato juice can alleviate redness and inflammation and soothe the skin. Not only is it good at helping to reduce the pain of burns, but if you ingest it before you head into the sun, the lycopene found in the tomato can help the body protect itself from ultraviolet rays. But that doesn’t mean that you can go without sunscreen completely, but, overall, you’ll be less likely to burn.

Moisturizer

According to the American Association of Dermatology, moisturizing after you’ve been sunburnt is essential to the skin’s recovery. Just don’t use lotions that contain petroleum, benzocaine or lidocaine. Petroleum will trap the heat in your skin instead of soothing it, and the benzocaine and lidocaine can irritate your skin. If a specific spot on your skin feels uncomfortable, you can apply some hydrocortisone cream from the local drugstore. Otherwise, just use your regular moisturizer!

Potatoes

Slice a potato up and put the slices in your fridge. Once they’ve cooled off, rub a slice over the sunburnt area of your skin to get some all-natural relief. The starchy compounds in the potato can help take the sting out of a bad sunburn! So if you’re going to be out in the sun this weekend—whether you’re going to a parade, to the beach, or to a family barbecue—just be careful and use sunscreen. Otherwise, you might have to try one of these remedies for yourself!

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