Oh, sunburns. Whether you’ve forgotten to reapply SPF or didn’t use a strong enough formula, we’ve all experienced this painful effect from the sun at least once or several times in our lives. Here are a few natural sunburn remedies to help quickly soothe the pain of minor sunburns, so you can get back to your summer activities in no time. But, with plenty of SPF of course.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Okay, now I know just the thought of applying acidic vinegar anywhere near your burned skin sounds horrifying, but it is actually very soothing. Simply weaken the acidity of the apple cider vinegar a bit by mixing with water into a spray bottle, and spritz onto the skin for instant relief. The natural astringent helps to balance your skin’s pH level and helps reverse skin damage.
When it comes to dealing with a pesky sunburn aloe vera is a must. This natural plant has great anti-inflammatory properties which help speed the healing process of burns. As a child, my mother always made sure to keep aloe vera gel in the fridge, and the soothing sensation of this cool gel on hot skin after a sunburn is beyond satisfying. And if you can’t get your hands on the actual plant, you can also pick up a bottled version of the gel at your nearest drugstore.
When dealing with a sunburn everyday tasks like getting dressed or even getting into bed can be a drag. In order to get a good night’s rest without screeching of pain try dusting a bit of cornstarch onto your sheets. The light powder will act as a barrier between your sensitive skin and the sheets minimizing friction. It may get a bit messy, but it is so worth it.
Black tea is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which also makes it a great hack for sunburned skin. Simply brew 2-3 tea bags in a cup of water and allow the tea bags to cool. Then gently rub the tea bags on inflamed areas of the skin for a calming effect.
If you’re a skincare junkie then you know just how great oatmeal can be for your skin—especially for those who suffer from sensitive skin. In its natural state oatmeal can help calm redness and skin irritation, which also makes it great for sunburns. Add grounded oats into your bath and soak to help soothe inflamed sunburned skin.
Antimicrobial properties in honey can help speed up the healing process of burns and help prevent infection. Just make sure you don’t find yourself crossing paths with any bees while using this sweet hack.
While it may sound super weird, yogurt is also another great remedy for sunburns. The combination of probiotics, lactose, and proteins found within yogurt add a layer of moisture to the skin and also contain anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, the feeling of cold smooth yogurt on your skin is ultra soothing.