You can try to avoid getting a sunburn, but it isn’t always easy. Even if you generously apply sunscreen every hour, there’s always a missing spot hidden somewhere. With kids it’s even harder to protect their already sensitive skin as the protector run off with all their swimming. That’s why it helps to know the best home remedies for sunburn!
7 best home remedies for sunburn
Knowing some home remedies for sunburn has its advantages. For once, you can avoid medicine and chemicals and use instead completely natural and safe methods, which is always better for damaged skin. And best of all, these home remedies are most likely things you already have at home so you can treat your burn right away.
Method 1: Cold compress
One of the most classic solutions to a burn or an ache is a cold compress. Make sure that you have two: One should always remain frozen while the other may be in use. Apply the cold compress to the burn. This should relieve some of the pain as well. Alternatively, you can:
- Take a cold shower
- Soak in a cold tub of water
Method 2: Soaking
You don’t have to climb into a cold bathtub if you don’t want to. You can run a warm bath for yourself instead. You want to stay away from “hot” water because it won’t soothe the burn. Instead, go for room temperature and add any one of these options to the bath water:
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar (promote healing, balance body pH)
- 2 cups of baking soda (reduce redness, reduce irritation)
- 3-5 drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil (reduce pain)
- 1 package of oatmeal (see below)
Note: Avoid any perfume or soap in this bath! Any fragrance can increase the burning sensation. Avoid bath bombs and lotions as well, unless they are designed for fast relief.
Method 3: Oatmeal bath
Oatmeal is a great choice for soothing a burn, especially from the sun.
Soak a cloth in the oatmeal and then apply it to your skin. If you have a severe enough burn, you’ll want the oatmeal bath. It provides instant relief for your aching skin.
There are skin lotions and scrubs that are made with oatmeal as well. Just make sure you’re buying from a certified organic company and that there are no fragrances added. Oatmeal is one of the best home remedies for sunburn because it provides fast relief, letting you still enjoy your day.
Method 4: Dairy farm
Applying milk to a sunburn can relieve the irritation and burning sensation. You can apply yogurt instead of milk, if you’d prefer. The milk will have an added benefit of moisturizing your skin though.
This works similar to oatmeal because it provides fast relief of sunburns. Plus, most households have some type of milk handy, so it’s an easy home remedy. You don’t have to use cow milk, either. Any type of milk will work.
Method 5: Essential oils
It was already mentioned before that you can add lavender to your bath water for relief. However, this oil can also be applied with a carrier oil directly to the burn.
This helps to soothe the irritation right away and provide fast relief. In those with sensitive skin, nevertheless, the lavender may actually make the irritation worse. Instead, you can opt for Helichrysum essential oil to get the same relief. The best carrier oil for a sunburn is coconut oil. A burn means your skin is dehydrated and coconut oil is ideal for moisture.
Method 6: Aloe vera
One of the best home remedies for sunburn is aloe vera. The best way to use it is to get the gel directly from the leaves.
You may not have aloe vera gel handy, but many skin creams are made using it as a primary ingredient. When you have a sunburn, though, you don’t want to buy just a random aloe vera lotion. You should make sure the product has lidocaine, an ingredient that acts as an anaesthetic and can eliminate or alleviate the pain you’re feeling.
Alternatively, mixing aloe vera gel and witch hazel creates a solution that quickly relieves pain, eliminates irritation, and promotes quick healing.
Method 7: Black tea
Obviously, you don’t want to dump a hot cup of tea on a burn. Brew a cup of black tea and let it sit until it becomes room temperature. Then, dip a clean (non-abrasive) cloth in it, allowing the tea to soak into the fabric and apply the cloth to your burn. You should feel instant relief because the tea will help to balance out the pH levels, reducing the burn.
You can also apply a tea bag directly to the burn to help reduce the inflammation and irritation. You’ll want to soak it in water first, though, as dry bags won’t release the nutrients into the skin.
Tips to avoid getting a sunburn in the first place
Ideally, you want to avoid getting a sunburn in the first place. You can do this by wearing proper sunscreen and applying it frequently.
Every time you get out of the water, assume your sunscreen didn’t come out with you. Reapply. You can wear a light fabric over top of your summer outfit to reduce your exposure to the sun as well. Here are a few other helpful tips to prevent a sunburn:
- Make sure that you are always wearing a hat!
- Wear sunglasses
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat plenty of fruits, like watermelon
- Stay out of the sun between the peak hours of 11 AM and 4 PM (or at least limit your exposure to the sun during these hours
- Use an umbrella or canopy whenever possible
- Avoid sitting directly in the sun
And, if you’re interested to know what causes a sunburn in the first place, check out the following video. Hint: heat has nothing to do with it!