So… overall exposure to sun is a great thing.
However, too much of it can cause sunburn. When you have sunburn your skin becomes very red and irritated.
If you have sunburn it could take some time for you to notice it as the symptoms take a little time to appear. Some people think its actually a cool look because many times a sunburn will turn into a suntan.
However, a very bad sunburn can be dangerous if not attended to properly.
Here are some home remedies to help you deal with sunburn. Home remedies can be very helpful in early treatment of sunburn and can help prevent a sunburn from becoming worse and can even help prevent blistering. Try some of these home remedies for sunburn and find one that works for you!
6 Home Remedies for Sunburn
Remedy #1 – Drink Plenty Of Water
The first of the home remedies for sunburn is to drink water -your body has lost so much of the fluid and you are likely dehydrated. Water is good for just about everything, even sunburn.
You need to drink plenty of water so you can replace the water that was lost due to sunburn.
So… drink up!
Ice will help relieve the pain that comes along with sunburn.
Yes, it is pretty painful. So wrap a ice pack in cloth and place it on the affected areas. It will make you feel a lot better.
Remedy #3 – Use Cucumber to Relieve Pain
The 3rd home remedies for sunburn is to use fresh cucumber. Cucumber is another home remedy that can help relieve pain.
It helps to soothe the skin and get rid of the itchy feeling.
So… cut the cucumber and rub on the affected area.
Remedy #4 – Use Baking Soda
The 4th home remedies for sunburn is using baking soda to help relieve the burn. Baking soda is another thing that is good for just about everything.
Next time you take a bath add about 1 cup of baking soda to the water.
Soak in the water for about 25 minutes and you will feel relief from itchy skin.
Remedy #5 – Lemon Juice
A strange-sounding one of the home remedies for sunburn is lemon. Apply lemon juice to the affected area can help pull out the burn as well as promote faster healing.
Squeeze a little bit on the infected area and watch it go to work.
Remedy #6 – Oatmeal Bath
Oatmeal is another great one of the home remedies for sunburn that you can use in your bath water.
Pour some in your bath water and soak in it for about half an hour. It will soothe your skin and make it feel nice and smooth.
Other Home Remedies for Sunburn
Some of these home remedies for sunburn are surprising and very unique! I bet you didn’t know some of them and you probably have some of these things in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet.
These are all ideas that have worked for other people and You never know what might work for you!
- Take a cool shower before putting anything on the burn -to get the “burn to leave the skin”. You don’t want to cover up the burn and hold it inside the skin by covering it with something like a cream or anything else.
- Aloe Vera -if you have a plant, simply pick off part of a leaf, open it up and rub it on your sunburn -it works magnificently! -this is my favorite sunburn treatment.
- Aloe Vera lotion -if you don’t have a Aloe plant, then you can find aloe lotions -but get a lotion that is good quality and has a high Aloe content.
- Solarcaine -the best is the spray on kind, so you don’t have to rub on the sore sunburn.
- Selsun Blue
- Tea bags -either soak in a bath with tea bags (boil the tea bags first to get the tea released), or use the tea and soak washcloths and/or towels to place on your sunburn.
- Cooked oatmeal -just like a breakfast cereal, then cool it off and chill in the fridge, then smear over the sunburn.
- Sour cream helps some people
- Milk of Magnesia -rub it on, let it dry and stay on for a few hours or overnight.
- Pepto Bismol
- Neosporin cream
- Preparation H takes out the Burning and also reduce the swelling. It is also good for bags under the eyes. -this is advice from an ER nurse.
- Hemmorrhoidal Cooling Gel with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera is a clear, non-greasy, non-staining formula takes away the pain immediately, reduces the swelling and redness. For some people this allows for a good night sleep after acquiring a sunburn.
- Noxema cream or face wipes
- Shaving Cream -rub it on just like it is lotion
- Yellow Mustard -spread it on the burn, let it dry, leave on for a little while and then wash it off. Likely beneficial because of the vinegar in it and the tumeric(?)
- Vinegar -Just dab it on or get a spray bottle and spray it on. Try Apple Cider Vinegar first, but if all you have is white vinegar, that’ll likely work too!
- Windex -some people have used windex with good success -maybe because it has vinegar in it? I might try the vinegar first!
- Vitamin E Oil -Helps reduce itching and speeds healing
- Egg whites -separate the yolk from egg whites and then spread the egg white over the sunburn, leave on overnight or for a few hours and then wash off. Repeat as necessary.
- Raw honey from your Natural Food store or Farmer’s Market
- Lucus paw paw ointment
- Omega 3 Flaxseed Oil -Helps heal the sunburn.
- You can also mix a few of these together to make a paste:~ie vinegar, oatmeal, aloe, or
- -a paste of whole wheat flour mixed with milk, olive oil, or
- -a paste of barley flour, honey, and raw egg white paste or…
- …any other combinations of any of the above ingredients -whatever you have and whatever makes sense to you… with the goal of making a paste that is easy to run on the sunburn. Let it sit for a while and then wash it off.
Many times, just about every sunburn remedy can be found in your cabinets.
Instead of purchasing something new, go through your cabinets and see what you have available. Try one of the above home remedies for sunburn and I am sure you will feel much better.