As you begin to prepare your family’s 4th of July celebratory plans this week, chances are those plans include some kind of activity out in the summer sun. Whether it be a picnic, beach trip or some kind of neighborhood festival, keeping your skin safe from the harsh rays of the sun isn’t always so easy.
Sure, you take all the precautions of wearing SPF 80 sunblock, UV protective sun glasses, sun hat, etc. before you head into the open sun, but somehow you still end up getting that bright red, raccoon-eyed sunburn. If the inevitable happens and you come home with that searing, itchy, painful red burn, use some of these common home remedies to sooth your skin and ease your mind!
1. Cool water: Probably the most effective and recommended remedy to take away the burn and pain after a sunburn. Dip a cloth in cold water or use ice cubes to relieve the heat and pain of the burn. Repeat any time the cloth warms and lightly press on the burn for 10-15 minutes.
You can always soak in the bathtub in cold water for a full-body relief, or if you’re still celebrating outdoors, take a dip in the pool or the ocean — but just remember to double up on the sunblock this time.
2. Aloe: Either cut straight from the leaf or pumped from the bottle, aloe vera is a natural, effective treatment for instant relief of a sunburn.
Aloe plants are common in Southern California for an all organic treatment, or simply pick up a bottle of aloe at a local store and breath a sign of relief!
3. Tea bags: A common beauty trick to reduce morning puffiness in the eyes, green tea bags also do the same for sunburnt eyes. Soak tea bags in cool water and apply to your eyes and say good-bye to the swelling and pain of the sunburn!
4. Vinegar: Either bathing in a cool bath of 2-3 cups of vinegar (double effectiveness!), apply to a cold press or spritzing a cool mist of white or apple cider vinegar directly onto the burn provides a soothing relief.
There’s no evidence supporting this home remedy, but it’s been tried and tested as a powerful alternative by believers. If it feels cool, do it!
5. Dairy: Soak milk in a cloth with a few ice cubes for a quick compress and apply directly to any burns.
Another sworn testament for instant burn relief is apply plain yogurt to burns for a cooling and soothing moisturizer on the skin. Plus you turn yourself into a tasty snack if you get hungry.