August 29, 2014 at 05:32pm EDT
Summertime brings with it the chance to swim in the pool, go canoeing, walk on the beach – and to get sunburned! These burns are one of the least attractive parts of the warm weather season, but the good news is that there are plenty of things that most people already have around the house that can help treat the sunburn and get the healing process started. 8 treatments are listed below.
One of the simplest home remedies to sunburn is simply to cool the skin down. A cold compress can be as simple as a bag of frozen veggies placed inside a pillow case and applied to the skin or a t-shirt that has been soaked in cool water then wrung out. The compresses can take a lot of the heat from the irritated the skin.
Drawing a bath to which a cup of apple cider vinegar has been added may sound crazy, but have a good soak, anyways. The vinegar has powerful antioxidant properties which can nourish the skin and help begin the healing process.
Oats are an ingredient in so many baths solutions and beauty products because they are so soothing to the skin. To take advantage of this, draw a bath of luke warm water and add two cups of oatmeal, then soak for about half an hour. It will go a long way to taking the painful stinging, burning feeling away from the skin.
Another style of compress for sunburned skin is the yogurt compress. It is made by simply applying cool (preferably whole fat) yogurt directly to the skin, then covering it gently with gauze or cotton cloth. As the yogurt warms up, wipe it gently off and reapply as needed – it will go a long way to cooling and moisturizing the burned skin.
Baking Soda Spritzer
Don’t worry – in spite of the name, this solution isn’t drunk! Simply add a half-cup of the baking soda to a spray bottle and gently spritz it onto the skin to help take away the hot and burning feeling. Alternatively, it could also be added to the bathtub instead of the oatmeal or apple cider vinegar.
No, this one’s not for drinking, either! Simply make some plain black tea, allow it to cool, and add it to the spray bottle. Spritzing this onto the skin will cool it down and the tea’s strong antioxidant properties will help promote healing as well.
One of the most soothing and effective treatments for sunburn is to apply commercial aloe gel or the fresh gel from the plant itself to the affected area. Aloe has long been known for its skin-healing properties and is even used in many hospitals for more severe burns.
Cold Potato Slices
Slicing up a potato that has been cooled in the refrigerator and applying the thin slices to the burned area may sound odd to some people. However, it also can take away the heat and soothe down the irritation that sunburns bring with them and get the area started on the road to healing.
Some of these remedies may sound strange. But any one of them can help to soothe and cool the skin after a sunburn and begin the healing process.