Sunburn Remedies 101

Let’s be honest, the best way to prevent a sunburn is to apply and reapply sunscreen. In our excitement to get outside, it is so easy to forget to apply sunscreen in the first place, not to mention how hard it is to remember to reapply throughout the day. Studies have shown that people are supposed to use an ounce or more every 2 hours, but we average once every 3.36 hours. It’s no surprise that millions of people get burned each year. Sunburns can be really painful and uncomfortable. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to help remedy those stubborn sunburns.


  1. Cold Compress

The first big step to treating a sunburn is to release the heat. Use a cold compress for 15 minute intervals throughout the day. Taking a cool shower is another great option.



  1. Cold, Milky Washcloths

Soak a wash cloth in cold milk and leave it in your refrigerator for a bit. Then apply it to the areas where you have been burnt. The cooling effect of the towels take some of the heat out of the sunburn. The lactic acid in the milk will help exfoliate some of the dead skin. Milk is also full of vitamin A and D which can assist in the healing of your skin.


  1. Aloe Vera Gel

This tip is not a surprise, but it is so easy and really helps  sunburns. Aloe vera gel has cooling properties to soothe the sting of your burns and also help heal the wounds.


  1. Drink Extra Water

A sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of your body. Drinking extra water is a must when you are sunburned in order to prevent dehydration.


  1. Change Your Regular Skincare Routine

Sun damage can make your skin extra sensitive to ingredients in your typical skincare products. Instead, use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer made for sensitive skin. Avoid using face masks, acne medications, anti-aging products, harsh toners, and exfoliants (plus any products containing lidocaine or benzocaine) because they can be too harsh on your very sensitive skin.


You should also avoid using makeup to cover up the redness because it can be irritating to your skin!


  1. Wear Loose Clothing

Tight clothing can chafe and result in painful blisters on your already damaged skin. To save yourself from aggravating your skin even further, wear loose clothing that doesn’t stick to your skin. Note: synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon blends will keep your skin cool!


  1. Oatmeal Bath


Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and can help protect your skin (plus it’s a great excuse to just relax)!


  1. Tea

Green tea is great for your health in general, but it can also soothe your burned skin! Green tea is full of antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory properties.


  • Green Tea Compress:To create a compress from green tea, make an infusion by pouring boiling water over loose-leaf green tea leaves (1 cup water to 1 tsp. tea) or a green tea bag and allow the mixture to steep for 15-20 minutes. Cool in the refrigerator. Once cooled, strain loose tea leaves or tea bag and retain the liquid. Soak a clean cloth or disposable cotton pads in the liquid, gently wring out and place on sunburned skin for 5-10 minutes. Repeat several times a day is necessary. Use caution, the tea infusion will stain clothes.
  • Green Tea Spritzer:Follow the above recipe. Put the cold tea into a spray bottle and mist the sunburned area. Keep the spray bottle in the refrigerator and throw out any remaining tea after a week. Use caution, the tea infusion will stain clothes.









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