Summer is pretty much over. I know that we are all getting out last minute poolside lounging on! There are few things better than lounging by the pool or on the beach in the summer. Crystal clear water, warm sun, and…oh no! Looks like all your sun worshiping has earned you killer sunburn. But before you reach for an over-the-counter remedy, consider one of these five natural treatments to take the sting out of sunburns.
1. Witch Hazel
Long touted for its ability to clear blemished skin, this natural astringent (produced from the leaves and bark of the Witch Hazel shrub) is also useful as an anti-itch and anti-inflammatory treatment. Simply apply a cotton ball or soft cloth dipped in Witch Hazel to the affected area a few times a day for relief.
While it makes for a filling breakfast, oatmeal can also prove to be a useful remedy for sunburns. Apply a paste of cooled oatmeal to directly to your sunburn, or pour a cup of the dry stuff in a cool bath and soak for ten minutes before patting dry with a soft towel.
3. Baking Soda
There seems to be little this powerhouse product can’t do. Simply mix 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda with equal parts water and soak a few cotton balls in the mixture for three minutes. Place the cotton balls on the burn for 5-10 minutes for relief.
Most people have a few potatoes lying around for potato salad in the summer, but these starchy vegetables can also be useful for fighting inflammation. Cut two washed potatoes into chunks and blend them into a paste, then apply the mash to your sunburn. After the potatoes dry, rinse with cool water.
5. Tea Bags
This treatment can be especially helpful if you forgot your sunglasses and burned the area near your eyes. (Ouch!) Soak the bags in cool water for a few minutes, and then apply the tea bags to the burn. The tannic acid in the tea can help ease sunburn pain.