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8 Ways to Treat Sunburn at Home

Cold water

Sunburn is basically inflammation of the skin. One of the easiest ways to treat inflammation is to cool the affected area. An effective way to help sunburn right away is to jump into water such as oceans, lakes, streams, and seas, even while still outside. Be wary of pools as chlorinated water can further irritate the skin. You should also avoid applying ice directly. While your skin may look attractive when it's burning, in fact, extra-sensitive sunburn can damage your skin even more.
*You can try taking a bath to cool and soothe your skin.


Put a few tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of cold water and soak for about 15 to 20 minutes. It helps to minimize sun damage.
Do not rub your skin in the bath or after going out. Dry yourself with a towel.

Aloe vera

If you don't have an aloe vera plant in your home, you should get one. The gel in this succulent plant has been used for centuries for all sorts of ailments, from stomach upset to kidney infections. It is also very good for sunburns.
Picking off a piece of the herb and applying the gel directly to the skin instantly soothes and relieves minor sunburn.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea may be soothing to your soul, but it can also soothe your sunburned skin. Brew the tea as you normally would and let it cool. When ready, dip a washcloth in it and apply it to the affected area.
*You should not use this treatment if you are allergic to pollen. It may cause an allergic reaction on your skin.

Home remedies for sunburn

Summer is here, which means it's time to go outside and soak up the sun. But with all the hours spent outside in the summer, one of the usually inevitable events is sunburn. Fortunately for all of us, there are many home remedies you can use to prevent sunburn, itching, and peeling.
Read on to learn about home remedies that can help heal and soothe your skin.


Opinions are mixed on the use of vinegar to relieve sunburn. Some say adding two glasses of vinegar to cool bath water can help relieve burn pain, while others say the high acidity in vinegar only makes things worse. Unless you've used the treatment on smaller, milder sunburns before, it's best not to try it for larger or more serious burns.

Wear loose clothing

While your skin is repairing itself, be sure to wear clothing that doesn't stick to your skin. Your skin is your body's largest organ, so it's best to give it some room to breathe while recovering from a major traumatic event like a sunburn. Natural fibers such as cotton or bamboo make the best coverings after sunburn.

Drink a lot of water

While your skin is struggling with the damage caused by the sun's rays, it needs the moisture it loses during your stay in the sun. If you're not drinking eight glasses of water a day, a bad sunburn should be reason enough to start doing so.

Don't forget the humidifier

After the first treatment, your skin will still need some tender care. One of the most important things you can do to prevent or at least keep peeling of the skin to a minimum is to regularly apply moisturizer to the affected areas. Use an unscented and dye-free moisturizer (marketed for "sensitive skin") to keep skin irritation to a minimum.

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Stay hydrated, stay cool, and if the sunburn is very painful, you can take a pain reliever. You should also make sure to cover up so that the next time you go out, your sunburn will not be exposed to the sun any more. See a doctor if a sunburn causes your fever to rise or if you show signs of dehydration.

*Remember, the easiest way to treat sunburn is to avoid it.


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