This article discusses home remedies for relief from the discomfort of mild cases of sunburn.
1. Cool Water
Fill bathtub with cool or lukewarm water. Soak as long as necessary. Do not add bubble bath or soap to the water.
2. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera gel directly to sunburned skin after bathing and let dry. Reapply as often as needed. Aloe vera contains a substance called allantoin, which promotes skin regeneration and healing.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply vinegar directly to affected area with washcloth. Do not dilute. For sunburn covering larger areas, add vinegar to a spray pump and spray affected areas. Repeat as often as needed. Rinse skin in cool water.
Pour whole milk (not low-fat or skim) into a large bowl. Using a washcloth apply to affected area for 15 minutes. Repeat several times. Rinse skin in cool water. The cool temperature and fat in the milk help soothe the skin.
Apply plain, full-fat yogurt directly to sunburned skin. Leave on until yogurt is warm then rinse in cool or lukewarm water. Use as often as needed. As with milk, the cool temperature and fat in the yogurt help soothe the skin
6. Baking Soda
Fill bathtub with cool or lukewarm water and add 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda, depending on water level. Soak for 20 minutes.
Peel and thinly slice cucumbers. Apply directly to sunburned areas, especially delicate areas such as the face and neck.
Make a paste of mashed strawberries and apply to sunburned parts of the body. Strawberries have a historical use of providing temporary relief for sunburn.
Steep 5 tea bags (use black tea) in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool. Fill bathtub with cool or lukewarm water and add tea. Soak for as long as needed. Tannins, which cause the dark color in black tea, help to reduce the pain from sunburn.
10. Calendula, Lavender, Chamomile, and Nettle Tinctures and Essential Oils
Fill a basin with cool or lukewarm water. Add a several drops of lavender, calendula or chamomile essential oil. Soak a washcloth in the liquid and apply to sunburn. These essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties and promote healing of the skin.
Another suggestion is to add 20 drops of one of these essential oils to a bathtub filled with cool or lukewarm water. Soak for 20 minutes. A combination of essential oils, for example 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of calendula can also be used.
Tincture or extracts of calendula or nettle can also relieve pain from sunburn. Use 20 drops of extract per 1/2 cup of water. Soak a washcloth in the liquid and apply to affected areas.
11. Witch Hazel Astringent
Apply a compress soaked in witch hazel to sunburned skin. Witch hazel has astringent properties, which reduce swelling.
12. Coconut Oil
After soaking in cool water, massage skin gently with pure coconut oil.