Each of us most likely has at least one memory of nasty sunburn. Whether experienced personally or by a close family member or friend, the symptoms are likely to include anything from red hot skin – either tender or painful to touch, to nausea, dehydration, blistering, and flaking or peeling of the skin. In this blog, we discover the home remedies for sunburn that will assist in soothing the sting and sunburn relief.
As anyone who has experienced bad sunburn will verify, the amount of time spent causing the sunburn, is largely disproportionate to the length of time that can be spent suffering the consequences of its effects. In this respect and depending on the severity of burning, — pain and discomfort can persist for several days after the event, as the body works to heal and recover from the unprotected UV exposure.
In the summer the most common question comes in everybody’s mind that how to treat sunburn? Unless the symptoms are severe, (in which instance you may need to consider medical treatment), here are 5 simple sunburn remedies that will cost you next to nothing, and which will assist in soothing the sting and pain of sunburn:
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1. Cool Baths: Soaking in a cool bath is one of the best ways to draw heat from the skin and soothe the pain and discomfort of sunburn. (Avoid ‘cold’ as this can cause the body to go into shock.) Here are some additional things to add to your baths for further relief:
- Add 10 drops or so of essential oil (chamomile or lavender) to the bath. Soak for 15 minutes or until relief is felt.
- Adding baking soda (or oatmeal) to a lukewarm bath can also relieve sunburn pain. For this treatment to work best, try to make sure that all affected areas are submerged. Bath water can be poured over your body using your hands or a soft washcloth. Burned facial areas can be gently dabbed using the cloth, or alternately you can splash water directly onto your face. After soaking, lightly pat the skin dry with a soft towel (preferably cotton). If you’ve taken an oatmeal bath, let the light coating of oatmeal that clings to your skin remain.
- Adding vinegar to the bath water will help in taking the sting out of sunburn.
2. Rubbing Alcohol: Because it evaporates so quickly, dabbing on rubbing alcohol will quickly cool and ease the pain of sunburned skin.
3. Vinegar: Vinegar is an effective and cooling treatment for sunburn. Soak towels with it, and apply to the burned areas. Alternately you can fill a spray bottle and spray it directly on the skin as needed.
4. Egg Whites: If your burn is painfully hot, separating the white from the yolk of an egg, and then spreading the white over the affected area will help to cool the burning instantly. This can be repeated as often as needed.
5. Potatoes: Potatoes can also be used to relieve the pain of sunburn. Take 2 potatoes and wash them well. Cut them into tiny chunks and place in a blender to liquefy. (If the result appears too dry, add some water). Pat the affected areas with potato juice. Wait until dry, and then rinse off in a cool shower or bath.
Natural Home Remedy for Sunburn:
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- Place a cool compress on sunburned skin for immediate sunburn pain relief, for example, a compress containing Burow’s solution (such as Domeboro Powder Packets -1 packet in 1 pint of water) to comfort and soothe sunburn.
- Take a cool shower or bath to cool your sunburned skin.
- Some natural bath therapies to soothe sunburn pain and other symptoms include.
- Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to a bath to help balance the pH (acid or alkalinity) of sunburned skin, and promote healing.
- Soak in an oatmeal bath. This is especially helpful for itchy, sunburned skin.
- Add some lavender or chamomile essential oil to the bath to help relieve some of the stinging and pain.
- Add 2 cups of baking soda to the bath to help ease irritation and redness from sunburn.
- Avoid soap or perfumes in the bath water as these can be drying on already dry and sunburned skin.
Essential oils, herbs, and natural Home Remedies for Sunburn
- Essential oils such as lavender or Helichrysum can be applied in small amounts to the skin to soothe sunburn.
- Use lotions that contain aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize sunburnt skin. Some aloe products contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that can help relieve sunburn pain. Aloe Vera is also a good moisturizer for peeling skin.
- Apply freshly brewed tea after it has cooled to sunburned skin using a clean cloth. The tannic acid in black tea reportedly helps draw heat from sunburned skin and aids in restoring the pH balance. Add mint to the tea for a more cooling effect.
- Apply teabags soaked in cold water to sunburned eyelids to soothe the burn and reduce inflammation.
- Witch hazel when applied to the skin can help reduce inflammation, and can help relieve sunburn.
- Apply petroleum jelly or Aquaphor ointment on sunburned lips to keep them moisturized.
Coconut Oil is Home Remedies for Sunburn
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Once the initial sunburn has calmed down, coconut oil can be used as a skin moisturizer. Do not use coconut oil as sunscreen! Coconut oil does not provide any sun protection factor (SPF) or UV protection, so you are more likely to be sunburned if you use coconut oil in place of sunblock with SPF.
Foods and vitamins to sooth and relieve sunburn pain
- Apply cool, not cold, milk with a clean cloth to your sunburned skin. The milk will create a protein film that helps ease sunburn discomfort.
- Like milk, yogurt applied to sunburned skin also can be soothing.
- Vitamin E is an antioxidant and can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement. Vitamin E oil also can be rubbed onto peeling skin.
- Cucumbers have natural antioxidant and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected sunburned areas including the face. Cucumber also can be soothing for peeling skin following a sunburn.
- Boil and mash peeled potatoes, let cool and apply as a dressing to sunburned areas. It is believed the starch in the potatoes helps draw out heat, which may reduce pain and speed healing.
- Cornstarch also can be mixed with water to form a paste that can be applied to the skin to help soothe the sunburn.