11 Tips for Naturally Treating a Sunburn

We’re still at the beach and as you can see, i’m a red lobster- I found these great tips and thought I’d share the top 11 that seem to be helping me!

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  1. Place a cool compress on sunburned skin for immediate sunburn relief.
  2. Take a cool shower or bath to cool your sunburned skin. Check out these natural bath therapies to soothe sunburn pain and other symptoms.
    • Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to a bath to help balance the pH (acid or alkalinity) of sunburned skin, and promote healing.
    • Soak in an oatmeal bath. This is especially helpful for itchy sunburned skin.
    • Add some lavender or chamomile essential oil to the bath to help relieve some of the stinging and pain.
    • Add 2 cups of baking soda to the bath to help ease irritation and redness from sunburn.
    • Avoid soap or perfumes in the bath water as these can be drying on already dry and sunburned skin.
  3. Hydrate: Drink lots of water, juice, or sports drinks. Your skin is dry and dehydrated. Replacing lost body fluids will help your skin heal from sunburn more quickly.
  4. Apply a cool compress containing Burow’s solution (such as Domeboro Powder Packets -1 pkt in 1 pint of water) to comfort and soothe a sunburn.
  5. Topical over-the-counter (OTC) 1% hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn symptoms like pain, itch, and swelling.
  6. Apply cool, not cold, milk with a clean cloth to your sunburned skin. The milk will create a protein film that helps ease sunburn discomfort.
  7. Like milk, yogurt applied to sunburned skin also can be soothing.
  8. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement. Vitamin E oil also can be rubbed onto peeling skin.
  9. Apply teabags soaked in cold water to sunburned eyelids to soothe the burn and reduce inflammation.
  10. Cucumbers have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties. Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected sunburned areas including the face. Cucumber also can be soothing for peeling skin following a sunburn.
  11. Cornstarch also can be mixed with water to form a paste that can be applied to skin to help soothe the sunburn.

If you find yourself looking like a lobster this summer, I hope these help you like they have helped me!

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