Got 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.
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.
Apply a generous amount then apply a good moisturizer on top. The moisturizer should be without fragrance and petroleum.
33. Submerge Yourself in Cool Water
A chilly bath will help constrict blood vessels and ease the heat.
A shower also works, but you might not like the pressure of the water hitting your hyper sensitive skin.
32. Don’t Use Any Skincare Products With Harsh Chemicals
Salicylic acid, retinol and other chemicals will irritate your skin.
Avoid them and stick to natural ingredients.
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.
Setting powder completes your look.
30. Don’t Use Red Makeup
Any red makeup, from lipstick to blush, will only make your sunburn look redder.
Golden hues and green undertones are your friend for now.
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.
That means yogurt, berries and melon are perfect for your body right now.
28. Rosewater Helps
Rosewater is a natural antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.
Spritz a bit on your skin when you’re starting to feel parched for instant hydration. Refreshing!
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.
Rinse off with cool water. Not only will your skin be cooler, your pores will be tighter, too!
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.
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.
25. 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.
24. 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.
Let it cool in the fridge, then once cold, apply to your burn.
23. Soothe With Witch Hazel
Witch hazel, when applied directly to your burn, helps to reduce swelling and fight inflammation.
Use a cotton ball or compress.
22. Use Alcohol
Alcohol is an antibacterial and reduces swelling, but make sure that you don’t soak the burn with it.
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.
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.
However, it’s important that you only do so with your doctor’s recommendation and not for an extended period of time.
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 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.
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.
This works great for burned eyes, too. Just rest the soaked pads on your closed eyes for as long as possible.
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.
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.
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.
Strain the almonds out then use the smooth liquid on your burn.
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.
Combine 1/2 teaspoon of alum for every cup of water then apply directly to your burn.
15. Apple Cider Vinegar
Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, preferably organic, can be splashed directly on your burn.
Keep reapplying regularly throughout the day, every 20 minutes or so.
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.
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.
13. 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.
Mix one teaspoon of crushed PABA tablet in 1/4 cup of water then apply to your burn.
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.
Any potato works, whether it’s red, white or yellow.
11. 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.
Pat the mixture over your sunburn. Let it stand for 15 minutes before washing it all off.
10. Ease the Pain With Egg Yolk
Egg yolk may help encourage faster healing, so say folk medicine.
Use the yolk straight, without diluting it, and let it dry for 30 minutes on your sunburn before washing off.
9. Relief With Laundry Starch
Not sure if you have any laundry starch lying around.
If you do, it can help relieve the pain from your sunburn.
8. Hydrate With Natural Oils
Naturally derived oils, like those from almond, avocado or olive, can help intensely hydrate your burned skin.
Just add a bit to your bath and soak.
7. Try Dried Rosemary
Dried rosemary has been used for centuries for the skin. It’s praised for its ability to regenerate the skin.
Steep two ounces of dried rosemary in two cups of hot water for at least 30 minutes. Add this to your bath water.
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!
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.
5. Put Sliced Carrots On Your Burn
Freshly sliced carrots can improve the health of your skin because of beta carotene.
In fact, carrots were commonly used by our ancestors centuries ago as a sunburn treatment.
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.
Just dissolve one tablet of pure vitamin C in 1 cup of warm water then apply to your burn.
3. Raw Onions To The Rescue
You know that annoying, persistent itch you have? Relieve it with raw onion!
Just slice up an onion and place it right on your burn. You might be stinky but at least you’ll have relief.
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.
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.
1. Mayonnaise Soothes
Cool and gloopy, mayonnaise makes a wonderful soother for burned skin. Slather on as much as you like!
And 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.
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