logo

8 DIY Sunburn Treatments That Actually Work

If you go and ask for advice about how to care for your skin, the number one thing that skincare expertswill tell you is to protect yourself from the sun. Using a sunblock with a high SPF rating will protect your face and body from harsh UV rays.

In my situation, I always try my hardest to take good care of my skin. But like many, I just forget sometimes. When I’m in a hurry or if I just generally am a bit frazzled getting ready in the morning, it can completely slip my mind.

If you are a human, then most likely, you will know what I’m talking about. I mean, hey, we’re not perfect skincare goddesses that do everything right, right?

Another inconvenience is that you have to reapply after a few hours to maintain effective protection from the sun. This can easily be forgotten too.

These little whoops moments is what often times leads to sunburn or sun damage especially if you have very sensitive skin. It is painful, irritating, and you really just want it to go away as soon as possible.

If you don’t get sunburnt too often (which, you really shouldn’t!), you might not have treatments laying around the house. Or if you do, most likely, they might be past their expiration date.

Fear not, though! If you do get sunburnt you can totally use some ingredients that are lying around your house to make your own DIY sunburn treatments. Here’s how you can do that.

Green Tea Sunburn Treatment

Green-Tea-For-Sunburn-Relief

What You Will Need:

3 Green Tea bags

Water

How to Use This Method:

  1. Boil 3 mugs of water.
  2. Steep your green tea bags in a mug of water each until you have nice and strong cups of tea.
  3. Let the hot water in the mugs cool down for a bit to room temperature and once they are cool enough, place them inside the refrigerator for an hour or so until they are nice and cold.
  4. Take out your mugs from the fridge and transfer the contents into a bigger bowl.
  5. Take a soft washcloth, soak it with the green tea, and apply it gently on the sunburnt areas for instant relief and faster healing power. You can use this method 2 to 3 times a day until you feel that you are fully healed.

The Benefits:

Green tea has a ton of amazing benefits that people rave about all the time, and yes, one of them is that it protects and helps heal sun damage and sun burns. The tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols found in green tea are shown to help heal sunburns and reduce irritation. Green tea can even neutralize UV ray damage and protect against it.

Baking Soda Bath

What You Will Need:

Baking soda

How to Use This Method:

  1. Fill up a bath with cool water. It is an important step to do this and not fill it up with warm or hot water.
  2. Add in about a cup of baking soda into your bath water.
  3. Mix it up with your hands.
  4. Get in, relax, and soak for about 30 minutes.
  5. Once you are done with your bath, make sure that you do not towel dry and instead, let your skin air dry.

The Benefits:

Baking soda is another one of those ingredients that you will be familiar with if you love researching different DIYs for beauty and skincare. It can be used to treat a lot of different things and one of the uses is to treat sunburns by using its anti-inflammatory properties to soothe your skin.

It can even act as an antiseptic.

Baking soda works best when it dries on the skin, so that is why you need to make sure to air dry instead of towel dry once you are finished with your bath. Make sure that you are bathing in cool water, as well, as warm water might irritate or cause more discomfort on your damaged skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar Bath

What You Will Need:

Apple Cider Vinegar

How to Use This Method:

  1. Fill up a bath with cool water. It is an important step to do this and not fill it up with warm or hot water.
  2. Add in about a cup of apple cider vinegar into your bath water.
  3. Mix it all up a bit with your hands.
  4. Get in your bath and let your skin soak in the apple cider vinegar for about 30 minutes.
  5. Get out of your bath and gently pat yourself dry with a soft towel or air dry.

The Benefits:

Apple cider vinegar is another one of those ingredients you keep hearing about in health and beauty discussions. Rightfully so, because it is quite effective in improving your health and has a ton of skincare benefits, including being an astringent.Its astringent properties makes it great for soothing sun burn irritation and pain.

Milk Treatment

milk-sunburn-treatment

What You Will Need:

Milk

Water

Ice cubes

How to Use This Method:

  1. Get a large bowl and pour in 1 cup of milk.
  2. Add in 4 cups of water to your milk as well as some ice cubes.
  3. Mix it all together well until the water and milk are incorporated and the ice cubes have cooled the water.
  4. Get a soft wash cloth and soak it in your mixture.
  5. Gently place the compress on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes. You can do this with several washcloths at the same time to make it easier and quicker to treat multiple areas or you can wait until one area is finished and then apply it to another part.
  6. Repeat this every 2 to 4 hours for continued relief.

The Benefits:

Milk has protein, fat, a pH of 6.4 to 6.8 that make it really effective as an anti-inflammatory. The ice cubes or coldness of the compress will also reduce inflammation and soothe the pain and irritation caused by the sunburn.

Cornstarch Treatment

What You Will Need:

Cornstarch

Water

How to Use This Method:

  1. Pour in about a cup or half a cup of water in a bowl.
  2. Get some cornstarch and start adding it little by little to your bowl of water.
  3. Mix as you go and once the mixture turns into a thick and pasty consistency, you can stop adding the cornstarch.
  4. Apply your cornstarch and water paste to the affected areas directly. Make sure that you do not rub it on your skin and just pat it in very gently.

The Benefits:

Cornstarch is another proven natural anti-inflammatory that will help soothe and heal your inflamed, sunburnt skin.

Lettuce Treatment

Lettuce-Sun-Burn-Relief

What You Will Need:

Lettuce

Water

A pot

How to Use This Method:

  1. Take apart your head of lettuce and place the leaves inside a cooking pot that is big enough to boil water in.
  2. Pour in your water into the pot with the lettuce leaves until they are completely submerged.
  3. Place your pot onto the stove, turn on the heat, and leave it there until the water is boiling.
  4. Once boiled thoroughly, remove the lettuce leaves by straining your water into a bowl or another pot. Make sure that your container can take the heat.
  5. Let the boiled lettuce water cool to room temperature for a bit and then place it inside the refrigerator until it is nice and cold.
  6. After an hour or so, take out your liquid from the fridge.
  7. Get some cotton balls, dip it into your lettuce water and gently dab the liquid onto the affected areas.

The Benefits:

I know, right? Lettuce is kind of a strange thing to have on here, but believe it! This vegetable actually has some analgesic properties that naturally relieves the pain of your sunburnt skin.

Oatmeal Bath

What You Will Need:

Oatmeal

A pantyhose or a thin sock

How to Use This Method:

  1. If you are using an old pantyhose, go ahead and cut off the end bit (the foot/leg area) so that you have a small pouch where you can put in your oats.
  2. Pour in some oats, preferably whole oats, into your stocking or sock.
  3. Tie your oatmeal pouch underneath the faucet and draw yourself a tepid bath. Let the water flow through the pouch and into the oats.
  4. Untie the oat pouch from underneath your faucet and get into your bath.
  5. While you soak up and relax, keep the pouch with you and squeeze it at intervals to release more of the liquid incorporated with the oatmeal. You can also gently pat the pouch onto your affected areas for maximum effectiveness.
  6. Once you are finished with your bath, just gently pat yourself dry with a towel.

The Benefits:

Oatmeal baths have been used as a home remedy for centuries. If you have ever had chicken pox, then there is a chance that your parent might have used this method with you already. This is because oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds called avenanthremides. The avenanthremides are the ones responsible for the healing and soothing properties of oatmeal. Oatmeal based products and home remedies are recommended for those with sensitive skin, chicken pox, poison ivy, eczema, psoriasis, and yes, sunburns.

Lavender Treatment

What You Will Need:

Lavender oil

Water

A spray bottle

How to Use This Method:

  1. Take about a cup of water and add in 20 to 25 drops of lavender oil.
  2. Mix it all up well until the lavender and water are fully incorporated.
  3. Place a funnel on the opening of your spray bottle and pour in your lavender water mixture. Alternatively, you can just pour it in directly if you are careful.
  4. Apply your lavender water solution on the affected areas by spraying it on. You can do this as many times as desired during the day. If you feel irritated or itchy, simply spray again to soothe your skin.

The Benefits:

Lavender is not only used as an aromatic relaxant for when you want the room to smell good or your bath to feel and smell all fancy, in essential oil form, lavender has a lot of benefits that are so good for your skin. Lavender essential oil is mild on the skin but also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for reducing the irritation caused by sunburn and preventing further infections. It also has a cooling effect that feels quite soothing on the affected areas and promotes new skin growth which will help your burned skin heal faster.

Don’t Take the Heat

Prevention is always better than cure. So if you find yourself in this situation you should probably just make sure you have some sunblock in the house for next time. Hopefully these tips will get you through this time, but if you make a habit of it then you are just making your life difficult.

It is actually quite dangerous to get sun damaged to the extent that your skin is red and inflamed, and could lead to other complications down the road.

But don’t beat yourself up. It happens. All you can really do is try your best to let your skin heal itself and help it along the way. Ease your irritation and help your skin heal faster by using the simple home remedies listed above that actually work.

If you have tried out one or multiple remedies listed here, let us know about your experience by commenting below!

Save

Save

Save



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

YOU MAY LIKE