Only one thing can ever be certain during the summertime: there will be sunburns. No matter how much sunscreen you apply and then reapply, you still stagger indoors at the end of the day looking bright red. You even swear that you get sunburned through your clothes! Lucky for you, below are 10 tips for treating sunburn. However, if you have a burn that causes blisters, nausea or extreme pain, see a doctor right away. Remember to drink lots of water and take ibuprofen immediately after noticing that you have a sunburn, as this will reduce pain and swelling.
1. Fill a spray bottle with an even mixture of apple cider vinegar and water
Spray the concoction on to tender areas of skin for instant relief. Vinegar has antiseptic characteristics that kill germs, calm inflammation and alleviate itchy skin.
2. Chill your aloe vera gel in the refrigerator or in a bucket of ice
Seems like a no-brainer, right? This hack is an easy method for decreasing your skin’s temperature and preventing peeling. Take it one step further by pouring aloe vera into an ice cube tray and freezing it overnight to make aloe cubes. Keep in mind that you should either wrap the cubes in a thin towel or wait for them to melt a little before placing them on your burn.
3. Wear loose clothing
Tight clothes irritate sunburn, so opt for loose-fitting clothing to help your skin heal faster.
4. Sprinkle cornstarch on yourself or your sheets for better sleeping
There’s nothing worse than being kept awake at night by a painful sunburn. Dust a little cornstarch on your body or your sheets to minimize friction by creating a barrier between the fabric and your skin.
5. Soak a small washcloth in cooled black tea and dab it on to your sunburn
Brew highly concentrated tea (use multiple tea bags) and once it has cooled to a comfortable temperature, soak a washcloth in the liquid before lightly patting the rag over your sunburn. The tea will remove heat from the burn and remedy stinging.
6. Take an oatmeal bath
Grind up a cup of old-fashioned oatmeal in the blender or food processor before adding it into a bath full of warm water. The oatmeal will reduce any inflammation and soothe itchy skin.
7. Add a pinch of baking soda to lukewarm bathwater
Sprinkle baking soda into a tub of warm bath water, and soak for a few minutes. Baking soda, which has a higher pH, balances the lower pH level of your sunburned skin and relieves discomfort.
8. Apply cold yogurt on your burn for 10 minutes
Spread a thin layer of cold plain yogurt over your sunburn and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes before gently dabbing it off with a cold rag. Yogurt contains a lot of probiotics that will restore your skin’s natural barrier.
9. Spread a thin layer of raw honey on to sunburn
Raw honey is a natural antiseptic that can heal damaged skin. Spread it on to the affected area, cover it with gauze and let it sit.
10. Create an anti-inflammatory paste
Crush a handful of asprin tablets and add the powder to water until the mixture reaches a paste-like texture. Spread the concoction on top of your burn and gently rinse it off after a few minutes. This will reduce inflammation.