We all know it’s important to slather on the SPF every time we plan to spend time in the sun, but sometimes we still end up looking like a lobster and feeling sore from sunburn. The red, painful skin that is hot to the touch usually appears a few hours after we’re out of the sun; the effects can last for days.
Too much sun exposure which leads to sunburn can increase your risk of developing skin cancer later in life, so it’s always important to try to prevent sunburn. But if you slip up, there are ways to cool down your parched skin. Most of these sunburn home remedies you already have.
- Aloe Vera Gel - Aloe vera is a succulent plant that has been used for thousands of years to treat sunburn and other skin ailments. If you have a plant, cut it open and slather the cool gel over your skin. You can also buy aloe vera gels and skip the extra work.
- Baking soda - Everybody has a box of baking soda in their kitchen, which serves as an odor neutralizer, a household cleaner and baking ingredient. Pour a few tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl full of cold water, mix and apply with a washcloth to feel the cooling effects.
- Ice cold milk - Some swear a milk compress can do wonders for burnt skin. Dip a washcloth in icy, cold milk and apply to your sunburn and see if a layer of milk’s skin-healing protein can help you feel better fast.
- Vinegar - White and apple cider vinegar seem to take the sting out of sunburn. It’s strange, since it’s an acidic liquid, but it’s a known sunburn home remedy. Fill a clean spray bottle with cold vinegar and spray it over your burn.
- Tea - Drinking chamomile or green tea will help heal your burn from the inside, but apply the cold tea bags will soothe your burn on contact. Also try a cool bath with several tea bags floating around for a healing soak.