People who like to say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure are smug jerks, especially when it comes to sunburns. Sunburn is the bane of summertime, thwarting tans and forcing people to cover up. It can happen at any time of the year though, because it is the exposer to the ultra-violet rays of the sun that cause it.
And scientists have recently discovered a protein in the body that triggers pain from sunburn, as well as an antibody that seems to reduce the sensitivity to that pain in mice. If you’ve overexposed your skin to the sun and end up with a sunburn, these home remedies can make you a bit more comfortable until Mother Nature can heal the burn.
There is a wide variety of home remedies that are used to relieve the symptoms of sunburn. To avoid peeling and get rid of the redness and stinging, here are some of the best tips and home remedies for sunburn that are simple, fast, and effective.
How To Cure Sunburn with Natural Ways
- Use lotions that contain aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize skin. Some aloe products contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that can help relieve sunburn pain.
- Add a few drops of chamomile extract to a bowl of cold water. Dip a washcloth in the cooling mixture and gently pat the damp cloth on all of your sunburned areas.
- A cool milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost ways to treat sunburn. It doesn’t get much easier than just heading to the refrigerator for relief-and easy is good when treating anything. The initial coolness of the milk will ease the heat, while it also creates a layer of protein to protect your skin, help it heal, and further soothe discomfort.
- Coconut oil can seemingly do it all. Numerous readers use it as sunblock, and just as many use it to soothe already established burns.
- Oatmeal added to cool bathwater offers another wonderful relief for sunburned skin. Fill up the bathtub with cool water not cold water because that can send the body into shock. Don’t use bath salts, oils, or bubble bath. Instead, scoop 1/2 to 1 cup oatmeal an ideal skin soother and mix it in. Another option is to buy Aveeno, an oatmeal powder found in the pharmacy.
- Apply freshly brewed tea after it has cooled to skin using a clean cloth. The tannic acid in black tea reportedly helps draw heat from sunburned skin, and also aids in restoring the pH balance.
- Potatoes have been known as a pain reliever throughout the years, working particularly well on minor skin irritations and soothing scratches, bites, and burns, as well as possibly reducing inflammation. Some people feel that the juice of the potato works the best, while others feel just slices are sufficient.
- Vitamin E, an antioxidant, can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement.
- A baking soda bath (do you see a theme here?) will take the sting out of your sunburn. Add about a cup of this handy cleaning and baking agent to a bath of cool water. Soak away. Be sure to moisturize your skin regularly, especially if you start to peel, eek.
- Soak a washcloth in cool water and apply it directly to the burned areas (do not apply ice or an ice pack to sunburned skin) for several minutes, rewetting the cloth often to keep it cool. Apply the compress multiple times throughout the day as needed to relieve discomfort.