We all know by now that UV rays are incredibly damaging to skin, causing premature aging and skin cancer. On the other hand, we also love a good beach day! It’s important to wear high-quality sunscreen every time you go outside and reapply often, but accidents do happen. If the damage is already done, try one of these natural sunburn remedies to get reduce redness, alleviate stinging, and speed up recovery time.
Aloe Vera is one of the most popular natural sunburn remedies because it reduces redness and pain while moisturizing the skin. While it’s preferable to have an aloe plant at home for sunburns and other ailments, a high quality, store-bought gel will also work. Keep aloe vera gel in the refrigerator for extra cooling relief.
A baking soda paste can take the sting out of a nasty sunburn and provide cooling relief. And as an added benefit, most people already have baking soda in their kitchen. Mix baking soda with small amounts of water until it creates a paste. Apply to sunburn and leave on until skin has cooled. Rinse with water.
Believe it or not, potatoes have been used for centuries to treat minor skin irritation and pain. To make your own potato paste at home, cut up several potatoes and blend them in a food processor or blender until they make a paste. You may need to add water for achieve the right consistency. Then soak cotton balls or gauze in the paste and apply to the affected area.
Like potatoes, cucumbers are another vegetable that can be made into a paste to treat sunburns. Not only does cucumber cool inflamed skin, but its antioxidant properties help to heal your burn. For best results, use a food processor or blender to create a paste from 1 or 2 cucumbers, then apply to the burn using a soft cloth or cotton balls.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Although this isn’t the best-smelling of our natural sunburn remedies, many people find that unfiltered apple cider vinegar helps to heal burns. Take a water-only shower then spray the burn with vinegar, or poor one cup of vinegar into a tepid bathtub and soak.
Witch hazel contains tannins which help to reduce pain and heal damaged skin. You can find witch hazel extract in liquid form at the drugstore or grocery store. Soak cotton balls or gauze in witch hazel and then apply to the burn for 20-30 minutes up to four times per day.
Like witch hazel, tea also contains skin-saving tannins. Mint’s cooling properties make mint tea a great natural sunburn remedy. Brew a batch of mint tea, allow to cool, and apply a tea-soaked cloth to the burn to reduce inflammation and speed up recovery.
If you’re red from spending time outside in the sun, chances are you’re also dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water, as hydration is extremely important to skin health and recovery.
The best of all natural sunburn remedies is to simply avoid getting burned in the first place. Wear sunscreen every time you go outside, reapply often, and avoid the sun between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm when its rays are strongest.
What’s your favorite natural sunburn remedy? Let us know in the comments!