Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn: Go Green

It was a bright and sunny day…Saturday…a lovely day for the beach, the park, a bike ride – getting out into the sun, absorbing some Vitamin D, relaxing. You know the lovely drill. Then BAM! You start to sting. Your skin is starting to look pink, but it’s over and you know it. The burn is just starting to surface but the damage has already been done.

Sunburn. Drats.

Never fear…you likely have what you need at home to treat that burn. Try one of these helpful treatments, or let us know your favorite in our forums:

Aloe vera – The predictable ‘ole plant that no one should be without. Break off a leaf and gently rub the aloe on the affected areas and your sunburn will cool down nearly instantly.

Apple cider vinegar – Vinegar is a great way to soothe your sunburn if you can get over smelling like vinegar. (If you can’t, use regular vinegar and add a bit of lavender essential oil or lemon juice) Dab some vinegar on a cotton ball and gently glide the cotton ball over the sunburned skin. Vinegar is considered to be the most effective natural means of relieving a sunburn (even though aloe gets all the glory). Another way to use vinegar to soothe the burn is to pour about sixteen ounces into a luke warm bath and soak for twenty minutes.

Baking soda – Dissolve baking soda in water, soak a washcloth in the mixture and use as a compress. Another remedy is to add one half cup of baking soda to a luke warm bath and soak. Instead of drying the affected area with a towel, let it air dry. Baking soda is cooling and will help the skin retain moisture.

Essential oils – Add 20 drops of each of lavender and chamomile essential oils, or bergamot oil to a tubful of cool water and soak for 10 minutes.

Cucumber – Cut fresh cucumber slices and rub over the affected skin.

Yogurt- Apply plain yogurt over the affected skin, let it stand for a few minutes, then rinse off under cool water.