1. Make a paste of oatmeal, honey, and milk.
Oats are an antioxidant and have anti-inflammatory properties, which makes this an excellent recipe for soothing irritated, itchy, sunburned skin.
2. Smooth on plain yogurt.
Use plain yogurt—not flavored—and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes until the pain subsides. Rinse off with cool water. Plain yogurt has an abundance of probiotics and enzymes that bring relief, especially to sunburned skin.
3. Freeze aloe vera gel in ice cube trays.
Store ready-made cubes in a Ziploc freezer bag so you have a batch ready just in case.
4. Use cold milk compresses.
Soak a cloth in a bowl of cool milk, wring out the excess liquid, and apply to your sunburn. Repeat this process until the redness and stinging tapers off. The fat, protein, and pH of milk have a soothing anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.
5. Blend cucumbers into a paste.
Cool your burned skin with blended cucumbers. They’ll offer near-instant relief.
6. Make a solution of cornstarch and water.
As the cornstarch dries it will soothe your sore skin. Its cool composition is a natural soother of sunburns.
7. Cut an aloe vera leaf open and use the gel.
Aloe vera has soothing qualities—especially for burns. It’s antibacterial and helps accelerate healing. Apply it fives times a day until the redness goes away.
8. Use a towel soaked in cooled black or green tea.
These teas contain ingredients that help protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation damage and reduce inflammation.
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9. Moisturize with raw honey.
Using raw instead of processed honey is key. It’s a soothing antiseptic and also works as a natural antibiotic that traps moisture in the skin.
10. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to bath water.
Baking soda is non-toxic and soothes burnt skin. Like yogurt and apple cider vinegar, it helps to balance your skin’s pH.
11. Rub a thinly sliced potato onto burned skin.
The natural starches found in potatoes help draw the heat out of your skin.
12. Use the liquid from boiled lettuce leaves.
Boil lettuce for about 15 minutes and let the water cool down before applying to your skin. Lettuce has natural pain-killing properties that wipe away the sting of a sunburn.
13. Mix witch hazel, vinegar, and lavender together, then pour over baby wipes.
It’s best to use apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oils. This recipe calls for sensitive skin baby wipes that contain aloe vera. Keep the wipes in the refrigerator for extra cooling relief.
14. Mash a cup of strawberries.
Keep the strawberry mash on the sunburn for a few minutes, and then rinse with fresh, tepid water. Strawberries contain tannins, which help reduce the sting of sunburns.
15. Use paper towels or cotton balls soaked in vinegar and water.
Vinegar helps reduce pain, itching, inflammation, and prevents infection. Create a solution of equal parts vinegar and water.
16. Apply a cloth soaked in cold water.
This is by far the easiest way to soothe a sunburn. The cold water reduces swelling and wicks away heat from your skin.