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Natural Treatments for Sunburns

Sunburns. We’ve all been there. No matter how diligent you are with your skin care and sun protection routine, you’ve probably still gotten sunburned a time or two. So, what do you do when you get that red, aching sunburn? Reach for these natural treatments (DIY with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!) to get relief fast:

  1. Make a potato paste. Potatoes are a great pain reliever for minor skin irritations. Wash and scrub your potatoes then grate or cut them up. Next, put them in the blender until they are liquid (add some water if needed). Soak cotton balls in the mixture and put on your sunburn.
  2. Make a cold milk compress. Soak a washcloth in cold milk and apply to the sunscreen to protect your skin and soothe discomfort.
  3. Cornstarch or baking soda also works to naturally soothe your sunburn. Mix cornstarch or baking soda with water to create a paste to apply directly to your sunburn. The amount will depend on how large the sunburn is. Leave on until the heat and pain has lessened and then rinse off completely.
  4. Make sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate. Sunburns mean your skin is dried out and your body is dehydrated. Drink plenty of cool water. See your doctor if the sunburn is severe or you aren’t getting relief in a few days. You might have a severe burn that needs more treatment.
  5. Try drinking some mint tea to relieve the pain and heal damaged skin. You can also apply the tea or tea bags topically.
  6. Aloe vera gel is a no brainer when it comes to sunscreen. You can actually grow aloe plants in your home and use the aloe to treat your sunscreen. You can also buy quality aloe vera gel at the store. Just make sure it doesn’t contain any added chemicals like some of the cheap versions do.
  7. A vinegar soaked cloth is also a great way to heal sunburns and cool down your skin. Use quality apple cider vinegar. Rinse your skin with water first and then apply from a spray bottle or soak in cotton balls or a cloth and apply directly to the sunburn. Witch hazel also works well.
  8. Try an oatmeal bath to soothe your dry and damaged skin and retain moisture. You can buy oatmeal bath packets or simply fill a clean cotton tube sock with uncooked oatmeal and place in the bathtub with you. Only stay in the bath for about 30 minutes.
  9. Cucumbers are also great to put on a sunburn because they are full of water and feel cool and hydrating.
  10. Use plain yogurt. The live cultures and enzymes can heal your skin. Look for plain, no sugar added yogurt that contains probiotics. It can also be cooling and comforting on your skin.
  11. If you are still in a lot of pain, try an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen to relieve pain.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing