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20 Simple Sunburn Hacks to Help Ease the Pain

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
August 03, 2016 · 2.8k Views

Summer means lounging out by the pool, tanning at the beach, and sunburn! Relax, your summer doesn’t need to be painful! There are plenty of DIY sunburn hacks that can keep you looking more bronze than burned. Read on for our favorite tips and be sure to keep some “anti-sunburn” ingredients stocked in you home to make simple home remedies for emergency use!

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1. Baby Wipes 

Source: The Organised Housewife

If you have children you probably already have these on hand. Just pat the sun burnt area (gently) with a sheet or two of wipes.

2. Baking Soda

Time to dig through the pantry! You can find quick burn relief by soaking gauze in a mix made of 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 cup of water. You can also make this in advance to have on hand if you know you are particularly prone to sunburns!

3. Milk

Source: Organic Food Gazette

Milk does a body good, especially if it’s burnt! Soak a small towel in some cold milk and apply to the sunburnt area. Sweet, sweet, relief!

4. Aloe Vera

This plant is an incredible healer with sunburns and minor cuts or scrapes. To be on the safe side keep a small aloe vera plant growing in your home, so you always have some on hand. Just cut the leaf at the center where a thick gel will come out and apply the gel to the affected area.

5. Cucumber Slice

Source: Bustle

Not just for spa days! Cucumber slices can help reduce the burning and swelling that comes from harsh sunburns, just slice them and apply them to the area as you would your eyes. Try not to eat them!

6. Yogurt

If you haven’t used yogurt for skin care yet, now is the time! Spread a fair amount of  cold yogurt over your burn for a soothing remedy.

7. Vinegar

Source: Good Housekeeping

Whether you prefer white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, it doesn’t matter here, they will both work their magic. Just soak a cloth in your vinegar of choice and let it rest on the burnt area.

8. Tea Bags

You’re a little teacup, or at least today you are! Apply wet tea bags directly to your burn or place 3-5 tea bags in a warm bath and go for a soak. We suggest picking a tea you won’t mind smelling like for the rest of the day.

9. Mayo

Source: DIY Network

You don’t have to be a fan of mayo to take full advantage of this remedy. Slather on some cold mayo directly over your burn and let it sit until burning subsides.

10. Ask Siri

Yep, your phone can even help you with sun burns! Siri can tell you how long you can be outside in the sun before getting burned. Just ask for the “UV Index” and skip the burn all together!

11. Potatoes

Source: Eat and Relish

You might just have some leftover from that delicious potato salad you brought to a BBQ! Just cut the potato into slices and apply them directly to the burnt area

12. Turmeric

This superfood is known for its many medicinal properties, but it also can help treat burns. Just make a paste by mixing the tumeric with yogurt and then apply the paste to the burnt area. Once the paste dries rinse it off with cold water.

13. Lavender Essential Oil

Source: Essential Oils Informer

Lavender essential oil is a great ingredient for reducing that harsh burning sensation. You can apply a few drops on directly or mix it in with some yogurt and apply like a lotion.

14. Sunburn Mist Spray

Create a quick sunburn spray by mixing together 3 ounces of chamomile tea, 1.5 ounces of aloe vera gel, and 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil with 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spritz over burn as needed for a fast relief.

15. Coconut Oil Remedy

Source: The Thome Home

For a powerful overnight sunburn remedy just take a wet wash cloth, cover a portion in coconut oil and then add on a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Then take the wash cloth and gently pat the remedy onto your burn. Your sunburn will be virtually healed by morning.

16. Eat Tomatoes

Add tomatoes to your summer diet to help prevent sunburn! Studies have found that tomatoes provide the best defense against sun damage, it also helps that they’re just plain good for you.

17. Sunburn Ice Cubes

Source: Bob Vila

Mix aloe vera, a bit of apple cider vinegar, and some lavender essential oil and place the mix into ice cube trays. Not only do the cubes hold potent sunburn healing ingredients, but the ice will bring instant relief to burnt areas

18. Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Not only is this essential oil ideal for fighting sunburn, but you can also use it to make a sunblock so you don’t get burned in the first place.

19. Make an Oatmeal Compress

Source: Gourmet Skin Bar

Mix ¼ cup of oatmeal with 2 cups of warm water, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1 teaspoon olive. Soak a few compress sheets in the mix and apply to burnt area.

20. Noxzema

If you have the cleansing cream in your home try applying it to extremely bad sunburns to find quick relief!


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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.

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