10 Ways to Soothe a Sunburn

Soothe a Sunburn

Everyone has a sunburn at one time or another and everyone hates them.  They hurt, they make you feel hot and dried out.  It make you want to stop wearing clothes.  You just want some relief, but how?  Instead of running out and spending a lot of money on sunburn creams and sprays, why not use what you have at home that achieve the same results?  There are many simple things that you can do to ease the discomfort of a sunburn with things you have in your home right now.

  • Cool Bath with 1/2 cup baking soda – the water should be just below room temperature, no colder.  Sudden submersion in icy water could shock your system and cause other problems.
  • Take an over the counter pain reliever – this will help ease the pain and ache.
  • Moisturizing Cream – Slather your sunburn with moisturizing cream 2 or 3 times a day, especially before getting dressed or going to bed
  • Aloe Vera – the gel squeezed out of the plant directly does the most good.  It cools the burn and helps the skin heal.  If you don’t have a aloe vera plant, then you can cut the gel tablets and squeeze out the liquid.  (must be real aloe vera, not synthetic)
  • Yogurt – Spread it over the burned area and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off in a cool shower.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar -is healing to sunburned skin.  You can put it on directly, with cotton balls, but if it stings, you can put a cup or two in a cool bath and soak for 15 minutes.
  • Witch Hazel – swab burned areas with cotton balls soaked in witch hazel and leave it on.
  • Green Tea – put 6 tea bags in a hot bath and let the water cool to room temperature and then climb in and soak for 10 to 15 minutes.  The tannic acid within will ease the pain and swelling.
  • Potato Juice – Cut a potato in half and rub the cut portion over the sunburn.  Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour and then wash off with cool water.
  • Drink water – sunburned skin is usually dehydrated, along with the rest of your body, so along with any of these remedies, you should drink lots of cool water.

If your sunburn is bad enough to blister, then you need to be very careful.  Do not break the blister, and if they break on their own, the area should be disinfected immediately to prevent infection.  The signs of infection are:

  • Fever
  • Swelling, or redness around the broken blister
  • Increased pain in the area of the blister
  • Red streaks running from the blister area, outward
  • Drainage of liquid that is not clear
  • Swollen lymph nodes

If you have any of these symptom, it is imperative that you see a doctor as soon as possible.  Infections of this nature should not be taken lightly, they can spread very quickly and be a serious health threat.

Sunburn is never fun, but with a little effort, it can be a lot less uncomfortable.  Try it and see!



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  1. Melody Lassalle

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