5 Home Remedies to Soothe Sunburn
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With summer here, tis the season for pool days, beach trips and, unfortunately sunburns! Though we try to prevent them, they can often happen despite our best efforts. Of course, the best way to soothe a sunburn is never to get one so be sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing whenever possible. However, when they do happen, here are some quick tips to soothe them:
- A cool shower will help to soothe the burn. Never take a hot shower. Also, an ice bath may be helpful if it can be tolerated. As can a bath with apple cider vinegar which will help the skin’s Ph level to return to normal.
- Aloe vera is a great all-purpose skin conditioner. It heals, protects and soothes skin that has been damaged. Try using aloe from a fresh plant if you have one but, if not, get the stuff in the bottle at the grocery store.
- Oatmeal baths are a great way to soothe many skin conditions from poison ivy to eczema to, that’s right, sunburn. You can use the oatmeal you have in your pantry OR try purchasing an oatmeal at the drug store. Soaking in a cool bath will help the skin to cool and heal.
- Tea is a lesser known option. You can use cold used tea bags or simply soak a rag in cool tea. Of course, avoid sweet teas or bottled teas. Use real, fresh tea. Simply allow the affected area to be soaked in the tea as the bag or rag lies gently on your skin.
- Milk is great for sunburns! Simply dip a cloth or gauze in cold milk (skim is best) and apply to the sunburn. This will cool the area as well as help it heal.
- Water.. if you are sunburned, be sure to rehydrate yourself by drinking lots of water.
Sunburns are no fun for anyone so hopefully this simple tips will be of help to you. They are all easily accessed and you probably have some or all of these items in your home. Remember, try your best to avoid sunburns as they are not just painful but quite risky. However, they will happen so be ready with these simple solutions.
The above is NOT medical advice. This is for informational purposes only. If you or your child have severe sunburn be sure to seek medical attention.