34 Ways to Beat a Sunburn

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sunburn-bannerGot a sunburn? Ouch! Despite your efforts to keep your skin protected, you still got a sunburn. It’s a painful reminder of a habit that’s destined to make your complexion worse by leaving it rougher,  splotchier and leathery. You’ll also be speeding up the rate at which you get wrinkles and increasing your risk of skin cancer. Not a pretty sight!

If you got a sunburn, it literally means that your skin has been burned, just as if you’ve been in a fire. Your body is rushing to repair itself from the UV exposure. It’s also trying to prevent any infections that can easily happen since your skin, which serves as a protective coat, is damaged.

While the best treatment for a sunburn is to just not get one in the first place, it’s too late for you now. Try one of these things that you can do RIGHT NOW to ease the pain and save your skin.

 

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34. Aloe For Intense Moisture

Aloe is a wonder plant that soothes sunburns intensely. Just use the pulp gotten from the actual plant, or an aloe product that’s pure.

Aloe veraApply a generous amount then apply a good moisturizer on top. The moisturizer should be without fragrance and petroleum.

 

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33. Submerge Yourself in Cool Water

A chilly bath will help constrict blood vessels and ease the heat.

Head showerA shower also works, but you might not like the pressure of the water hitting your hyper sensitive skin.

 

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32. Don’t Use Any Skincare Products With Harsh Chemicals

Salicylic acid, retinol and other chemicals will irritate your skin.

Products for a relaxing avocado spa treatment, top viewAvoid them and stick to natural ingredients.

 

 

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31. Ease Redness With Makeup

At least you can make your skin look like it’s not burned by using a primer with green undertones. And don’t load up on the foundation, since it can block your pores and slow down the healing process.

macro shot of makeup powder on brush,close up makeup powder on brushSetting powder completes your look.

 

 

Source: Golden hues and green undertones

Source: Golden hues and green undertones

30. Don’t Use Red Makeup

Any red makeup, from lipstick to blush, will only make your sunburn look redder.

Crushed eyeshadow isolated on white backgroundGolden hues and green undertones are your friend for now.

 

 

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29. Stock Up on the Right Foods

Your body is inflamed and dried out, so you need to fight it with foods that have anti-inflammatory properties and a high water content.

Cantaloupe melon

That means yogurt, berries and melon are perfect for your body right now.

 

 

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28. Rosewater Helps

Rosewater is a natural antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.

Rose water and rose petals

Spritz a bit on your skin when you’re starting to feel parched for instant hydration. Refreshing!

 

 

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27. Slather on Yogurt or Sour Cream

Yogurt or sour cream spread right on your burns and left for 20 minutes or so reduces the heat and swelling.

bowl of sour cream

Rinse off with cool water. Not only will your skin be cooler, your pores will be tighter, too!

 

 

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26. Use Tea On Your Burns

Steep five or six tea bags in hot water, and leave until the water cools and it’s very strong.

Cup of Tea with Tea Bag

Dip a clean, soft cloth in the tea and place it on your burn. The tannic acid in the tea helps to fight bacteria and swelling.

 

 

Pile of finely ground flour and wooden spoon25. Apply a Cornstarch Paste

Cornstarch cools your burns.

Just add enough water to cornstarch to make it into a paste and smear it directly on your burn.

 

 

Washing lettuce in a colander24. Make Lettuce Water

Boil two cups of water, and once it starts to boil,  remove it from the heat and add a handful of lettuce leaves.

Gemse 302

Let it cool in the fridge, then once cold, apply to your burn.

 

 

Orange Witch Hazel Flowers in Winter23. Soothe With Witch Hazel

Witch hazel, when applied directly to your burn, helps to reduce swelling and fight inflammation.

Witch Hazel Cream

Use a cotton ball or compress.

 

 

close up of flask with water or liquid chemical22. Use Alcohol

Alcohol is an antibacterial and reduces swelling, but make sure that you don’t soak the burn with it.
Reiniger Blau

Just use a bit on a cotton pad and leave it on for a few minutes. You don’t want to keep it for long because it can dry out your skin.

 

 

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21. Take Aspirin, unless your doctor advises against it

Taking two tablets of Aspirin every four hours for a limited time can help relieve pain. One doctor has recommended that if you have a sunburn, taking 650 mg of aspirin.

hand with pills medicine tablets and glass of water for headache

However, it’s important that you only do so with your doctor’s recommendation and not for an extended period of time.

 

 

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20. Soothe With Oatmeal

Oats are great to soothe your skin. Combine 1/2 cup hot water and 1/3 cup oatmeal, allowing the mixture to  rest for two to three minutes. Then, add two tablespoons plain yogurt, two tablespoons honey, and one egg white. This makes a great mask for your face to ease the burn. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes on your skin, then gently wipe away with a soft washcloth.

Oatmeal in a glass jar

Oatmeal on its own also works — just wrap a cup in a bag or in cheesecloth then let it soak in cool water for about 10 minutes. Apply the mixture right to your burn. Make sure to use plain, rolled oatmeal or colloidial oatmeal.

 

 

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19. Use Egg Whites

Lightly beat one egg white and stop before it gets too frothy. Then, use a cotton pad to apply to your sunburn.

bowl of eggs whites

This works great for burned eyes, too. Just rest the soaked pads on your closed eyes for as long as possible.

 

 

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18. Soothe With Milk

Dip a clean and soft cloth into a bowl of cold milk then put it on your burn. The milk helps to soothe the pain and swelling.

Fresh milk in a glass jug on a blue napkin with a flower

A concoction of equal parts ice/ice water and cold milk, along with some salt, also helps. Although if you use this don’t keep it on your skin for too long because the salt might start to irritate it.

 

 

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17. Almond Milk Also Works

Instead of using cow milk, you can also consider almond milk. Make your own by grinding raw almonds right down to a fine paste, then mixing well with a cup of water to thin.

Almond nuts.

Strain the almonds out then use the smooth liquid on your burn.

 

 

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16. Some Swear By Alum

Some people recommend using alum to treat the pain and heat, but only use this one if you’re sure about it.

Natural alum crystal underarm deodorant

Combine 1/2 teaspoon of alum for every cup of water then apply directly to your burn.

 

 

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15. Apple Cider Vinegar

Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, preferably organic, can be splashed directly on your burn.

Glass of apple cider vinegar

Keep reapplying regularly throughout the day, every 20 minutes or so.

 

 

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14. Slather On a Baking Soda Paste

Baking soda, the same stuff you can cook and brush your teeth with, can also help ease sunburn pain.

Baking soda and sponge for cleaning tools image

Just dissolve three tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of cold water, then slather it on and leave it on until you start feeling uncomfortable. Reapply if necessary.

 

 

Sunburn-1313. Get Some PABA

PABA stands for para-aminobenzoic acid. Sounds scary, but it’s not — all it really is is vitamin B. You’ll see PABA in several sunscreens, but you can also get it in purer form as a tablet.

Fizzy tablet in glass of water

Mix one teaspoon of crushed PABA tablet in 1/4 cup of water then apply to your burn.

 

 

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Source: www.bestherbalhealth.com

12. Douse Your Burn in Potato Juice

Dice some raw potatoes and add a bit of water. You see that sliminess? That’s what you want to put on your skin. You can also liquefy them in a blender.

Roher Kartoffelsaft

Any potato works, whether it’s red, white or  yellow.

 

 

Cucumber and slices isolated over white background11. Purée Cucumbers

Cucumber purée is a wonderful way to get instant relief. Blitz cucumbers in an electric blender, along with one tablespoon of witch hazel and 1 teaspoon of honey.

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Source: www.pick-health.com

 

Pat the mixture over your sunburn. Let it stand for 15 minutes before washing it all off.

 

 

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10. Ease the Pain With Egg Yolk

Egg yolk may help encourage faster healing, so say folk medicine.

Egg yolk closeup isolated on white

Use the yolk straight, without diluting it, and let it dry for 30 minutes on your sunburn before washing off.

 

 

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Source: chemistry-chemists.com

9. Relief With Laundry Starch

Not sure if you have any laundry starch lying around.

Heap of wheat flour isolated on white

If you do, it can help relieve the pain from your sunburn.

 

 

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Source: www.kimmanninghealth.com

8. Hydrate With Natural Oils

Naturally derived oils, like those from almond, avocado or olive, can help intensely hydrate your burned skin.

Essential aroma oil

Just add a bit to your bath and soak.

 

 

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7. Try Dried Rosemary

Dried rosemary has been used for centuries for the skin. It’s praised for its ability to regenerate the skin.

rosmarino essiccato nel cucchiaio di legno

Steep two ounces of dried rosemary in two cups of hot water for at least 30 minutes. Add this to your bath water.

 

 

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6. Thyme Decreases the Itch

After the pain of a sunburn, your skin will start to itch while it heals. DO NOT SCRATCH ANY ITCHES!

Sprigs of thyme and olive oil on a white Shabby background, spac

Instead, steep thyme in hot water for 30 minutes to release “thymol”, an antiseptic and antibacterial substance. Thymol will ease the itch and speed up healing.

 

 

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5. Put Sliced Carrots On Your Burn

Freshly sliced carrots can improve the health of your skin because of beta carotene.

sliced carrots

In fact, carrots were commonly used by our ancestors centuries ago as a sunburn treatment.

 

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4. Vitamin C Is Great For Your Skin

Vitamin C, loaded with antioxidants, is a great thing for your skin. It helps repair damage so that you can be free of the pain sooner.

Vitamin C Tablet Supplements. A pile of vitamin C supplement tablets isolated on a white background from above.

Just dissolve one tablet of pure vitamin C in 1 cup of warm water then apply to your burn.

 

 

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3. Raw Onions To The Rescue

You know that annoying, persistent itch you have? Relieve it with raw onion!

Thin slices of fresh onion

Just slice up an onion and place it right on your burn. You might be stinky but at least you’ll have relief.

 

 

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2. Honey Works

If you don’t mind the stickiness and mess it can make, honey is a great way to help speed up healing because of its antibacterial properties.

pouring honey

If you want to go an extra step, make yourself an ointment by mixing it with wheat germ oil, half and half. Slather it on and watch out for bears.

 

 

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Source: en.wikipedia.org

1. Mayonnaise Soothes

Cool and gloopy, mayonnaise makes a wonderful soother for burned skin. Slather on as much as you like!

homemade mayonnaise on white backgroundAnd remember – sunburns can be a threat to your health! See a doctor ASAP if you feel symptoms like nausea, fever, chills or general weakness, or if you have have extensive blistering and patches of purple discoloration.

Disclaimer: Everythinghealthrelated.com does not advise on personal health and wellness. Nor does Everythinghealthrelated.com treat, cure or advise on any medical conditions or diseases. All posts are purely for informational purposes and/or entertainment. Always consult with your doctor when it comes to your personal health.

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