6 Home Remedies to Relieve Sunburn

sunburn-remedyThe best part about summer is the hot sunny days, but they come with a price for those with fair skin — sunburns. Sunburns are extremely uncomfortable and painful and will burn and itch. While sunscreen will help prevent sunburns, sometimes they just happen and your best remedy is to treat them as early as possible so that they go away as fast as possible. Here are six home remedies you can use right from home to help repair your damaged skin and get rid of the discomfort.

1. Milk And Yogurt

Although skin-soothing lotion would be optimal, sometimes that’s not available right at home. An alternative option is to turn to your dairy products. Dermatologist Dr. Mary Lupo recommends using yogurt as a mask on your skin to help repair sun damage and soothe the burn. You can use the yogurt like a lotion, and it works best on sensitive areas like the face. You can also use milk instead by soaking a washcloth in milk and rubbing it over your skin. The lactic acid will help treat the sunburn.

2. Oatmeal Bath

If you’re up for it, a nice bath can help treat a sunburn as well. Not just any bath though, an oatmeal bath! It’s recommended that you take a bath with oatmeal, olive oil, and cool water. This combination has been shown to rehydrate your skin after a sunburn has drained it of water, and soothe itchiness and pain at the same time. Oatmeal is especially effective at soothing itchy skin. If you don’t want to take a bath, you can also create a paste of oatmeal and milk and rub it on your skin, although you’ll probably have to take a bath after anyways.

3. Hot Shower

If you have what is known as “sunburn poison” from a severe sunburn, your skin will feel like it’s on fire and you have an uncontrollable itch that just won’t stop. The best method for stopping the itch is to take a boiling hot shower. Turn the heat up as high as you can bear and stand in it for 10 to 15 minutes. The itch will begin to soothe and you’ll have relief for at least a couple of hours before having to repeat.

4. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is full of anti-inflammatory qualities, and so it’s used in quite a few remedies. One of which is sunburns, as it helps soothe the pain. You can start by brewing the tea and then setting it in the fridge to chill. Once chilled, soak it in a washcloth and apply it to your skin until it no longer feels cool.

5. Ice Packs

What is the best way for dealing with something hot? The obvious answer would be to counter it with something cold. Ice packs work wonders at relieving sunburn pain in specific areas. They absorb some of the heat out of the skin, which is the main cause of the dehydration and pain. You should be drinking water as well to rehydrate your skin while doing this, allowing it to heal at a much faster rate.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is something you should keep on hand in your household at all times. It is a remedy for several afflictions, one of which is sunburns. Aloe Vera has been proven to be one of the best skin treatments to help repair damaged skin resulting from sunburns. It also cools and soothes the skin for temporary relief while it heals up. You can get all natural bottles of it, or some that have been enhanced. Banana Boat is the biggest seller in most areas, but you’ll find plenty of options.

We hope these home made remedies to soothe sunburn work for you too! Be sure to wear sun protection next time you expose yourself to the sun!