home remedy sunburnHave you over-exposed your skin to the sun and ended up with sunburn? If so, then try some of these sunburn relief home remedies to help you feel more comfortable.

We all know how painful and uncomfortable sunburn can be after spending too much time in the sun.  Here are some home remedies to help relieve those painful effects.

 

11 Sunburn Relief Home Remedies

1. Take a Cool Shower

Take cool showers to soothe and cool your inflamed sunburned skin.

 

2. Take a Bath

Soak in cool (not cold) bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t stay in stay in the bath any longer than this as your skin is at risk of drying out.

  • Take a bath and add one cup of apple cider vinegar to the water. This will help balance the pH (acid or alkalinity) of your damaged skin and promote healing.
  • Lavender or chamomile essential oil added to your bath water will help relieve some of the stinging and pain.
  • Baking Soda is another effective remedy. Add a couple of cups of baking soda to cool bath water. This helps sooth the irritation and redness from sunburn. Don’t use a towel to dry yourself. Let the air dry you instead. Don’t wipe the baking soda off your skin.
  • Oatmeal added to your bath helps relieve itchy sunburned skin. Put a few tablespoons of oatmeal in your bath water. Follow the steps as with baking soda above.
  • Don’t use soap, bath salts, or bubble bath. These can cause further drying of your already dry, burned skin.

 

3. Use a Cool Compress

  • Soak a washcloth in cool water and apply to the burned areas for several minutes. Re-wet the cloth frequently to keep it cool.
  • Apply the compress several times throughout the day to relieve discomfort.
  • Add some baking soda or oatmeal to the water, and soak the compress in it before applying it to your skin.
  • Do not apply ice or an ice pack to sunburned skin.

 

4. Use Milk or  Yogurt on Your Skin

Apply cool, not cold, milk or yogurt to your sunburned skin. This creates a protein film that helps soothe your damaged skin.

 

5. Drink Plenty of Water

If you have sunburn, you will be dehydrated. Drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body. You’ll know when you’re hydrated as your urine will be very clear Replacing lost fluids will also help your skin heal more quickly.

 

6. Moisturize Your Skin

The soothing baths you take will help the sunburn but they can also rob your skin of moisture. And your skin will already be drier due to the effects of the sunburn. So apply moisturizer to your skin. Chill it in the refrigerator before using.  Lotions that contain aloe vera help soothe sunburned areas.

 

7. Use Corn Starch

When applying suntan lotion, you may have neglected areas such as along your bikini line, around your breasts, or under your buttocks and armpits. When these areas get burned then can be further be irritated by your underwear rubbing against your damaged skin.

  • Mix some Cornstarch with water to form a paste.
  • Apply to the areas to help ease chafing. However, don’t apply it if your skin is blistering.

 

8. Use Cucumber

Cucumbers have antioxidant and analgesic properties. They also help soothe areas of peeling skin caused by sunburn.

  • Chill one or two cucumbers.
  • Using a blender, mash into a paste.
  • Apply to the sunburned areas, including your face.

 

9. Use a Topical Anesthetic

Topical anesthetics can give some relief from pain and itching. Topical anesthetics come as a cream or spray. Those containing 1% hydrocortisone may help relieve the pain, itching, and swelling.

 

10. Take a Pain Killer

Over-the-counter analgesics such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen can relieve the pain and inflammation caused by sunburn. Acetaminophen can help ease the pain but won’t relieve inflammation.

 

11. Avoid Sunlight

If you’re sunburnt, you’ve had enough already! Try to avoid sunlight, including through windows, until your skin is fully healed. Cover the affected areas of your skin. Wear long loose sleeves and trousers to protect your arms and legs and keep them cool.

When to seek medical attention:

  • If you have sunburn over a large area of your body.
  • There blistering or swelling of your skin
  • You are having shivers or chills
  • You have a high-temperature 38C (100.4F) or above.
  • You are experiencing dizziness, headaches, and nausea. These are symptoms of heat exhaustion.

Prevention is always better than cure so try to avoid exposing your skin to strong sunlight. Long-term exposure to strong sunlight and frequent burning increases your risk of developing skin cancer.  If you have been exposed your skin to the sun’s rays and burned you skin it is important to treat the damaged areas. The sunburn relief home remedies above can help soothe the pain and discomfort quickly and effectively and also help to minimize damage to your delicate skin.