The dreaded sunburn. Some of us are so careful and smart about sunscreen (me especially) and still end up getting burned every once in a while. Now that the heat has arrived and pool days are a regular way to spend my weekends, I wanted to share some home remedies that have helped soothe my sunburns in the past:
1. Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
I have a huge aloe plant in our bedroom and nothing soothes a sunburn like slathering on gel fresh from the plant. I just cut off a leaf, slit it open and rub it all over the burn. We also have a store-bought bottle of aloe that contains menthol. While that stuff is great, I find the fresh gel much more soothing and cooling. Plus it’s free! Aloe gel contains anti-inflammatory substances and actually helps heals the burn while cooling and alleviating some of the pain.
2. Cold, Plain Yogurt
Yogurt contains acids and enzymes that can help heal and soothe a sunburn. Just apply cold yogurt to the burn and leave it until the yogurt has dried. Rinse it off with cool water and repeat if desired. You can also add aloe gel to your yogurt before applying for added relief.
3. Cool Bath with Baking Soda
Run a cool bath and add several heaping tablespoons of baking soda. Soak for 10-20 minutes. If you soak longer you will end up drying your skin out further. The baking soda and cool water soothe the hot skin and provide temporary pain relief.
4. Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil can be safely applied to skin without diluting it. It will help heal the burn and also soothe the sting quickly. The pleasant and calming aroma is an added bonus. I use Aveda’s lavender essential oil and it’s amazing.
What are your favorite remedies for a sunburn?