It’s that time of year for bathing suits, swimming pools, and, um, sunburns. I’ll admit I was the victim of a painful sunburn this weekend. So how to ease the sting? I have a few natural sunburn remedies that I suggest.
- Aloe. Aloe vera gel is my go-to when I have a sunburn. It’s cool, soothing, and seems to suck the sting and redness right out of the sunburn.
- Baking Soda. Sunburns are painful at first because the pH of the skin is lower. And that’s where baking soda comes in. Baking soda’s higher pH normalizes the acidity of the burned skin and makes it feel more comfortable.
- Coconut Oil. This versatile oil is loaded with skin-nourishing fatty acids that make it a gentle moisturizer, and it comes in handy as a burn reliever, too.
- Cucumbers. Instant relief: that’s what a cucumber is to scorched skin.You can apply it in a couple of ways, but however you do it, the swelling, redness, and pain should diminish soon. f you’re going for mainly quick pain relief, slice up a chilled cucumber and lay the slices on your burned skin. For a longer lasting effect, chill 1 or 2 cucumbers and toss them in a blender to create a paste.
- Milk Bath. Second to aloe, a cool milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost ways to treat sunburn. 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.
- Mint. Mint naturally cools and soothes whatever it touches, and sunburns are no exception.
- Oat Bath. The polysaccharides in oatmeal will coat and heal your skin, while the water cools you down and keeps your skin hydrated and moist. But don’t linger in the tub for hours, as a super long soak may dry out your skin more in the end.
Sometimes no matter how diligent you are, you’ll still get burned. Luckily, sunburns are an ailment you can treat at home, without needing a bunch of special creams. What’s more, home remedies for minor sunburns are generally easy to whip up, and usually cost little to nothing.
Have other sunburn remedies? Please share!