4 Natural Sunburn Remedies to Try Now
While most of us know we should be applying sunscreen regularly, who hasn’t had the best intentions go awry? Maybe it’s because you’ve spent too much time flailing in the ocean without reapplying SPF; perhaps it’s because you “accidentally” extended your quick lunch break into an hour-long Vitamin D fest. Whatever the reason for the burn, we won’t scold you for it. We’ve all been there because let’s be honest:Sunburns happen.
But when they do, they can feel like the worst thing in the world: Stinging, burning, itching, peeling – that doesn’t even take into account the embarrassment of sporting the telltale pinkish hue. Don’t panic – and don’t go out and buy that peppermint-scented aloe vera goo from Duane Reade to treat them, either. Most of those sunburn treatments you’ll purchase at the drug store are loaded with synthetic ingredients, including fragrances and preservatives, which can only further exacerbate the inflammatory symptoms.
Instead, test run four of these DIY treatments next time you’re doing your best lobster impression. Oh, and send us a selfie, will ya?
About this DIY: Chamomile tea contains soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that are particularly beneficial for sunburned skin. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which will help with redness and inflammation, plus reduce skin swelling.
How to: Brew a big batch of chamomile tea and chill it. Combine 1.5 cups of the chilled tea and with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and put the entire mixture into a spray bottle, shaking thoroughly. Use as a cooling spray on all burned areas.
Coconut Milk and Oats Soak
About this DIY: Oatmeal soaks are the OG sunburn treatment – and for good reason! Oats are high in antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut milk is soothing and smells amazing, too.
How to: Dump a cup of uncooked rolled oats into a food processor / blender and pulse until the oats assume a powdery form. (Alternatively, you can buy pre-made oat powder.) Pour the powder into a lukewarm bath, next adding a cup of coconut milk, stirring the whole combination thoroughly. Sink in slowly and soak in it for as long as you’d like.
Witch Hazel Compress
About this DIY: This is one of the simplest, easiest sunburn relievers out there. Witch hazel is great at healing damaged skin, soothing itchiness, and reducing the likelihood of peeling.
How to: Soak a washcloth in 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon witch hazel and apply to your most sensitive areas. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Yogurt + Lavender Face Mask
About this DIY: The probiotics in yogurt help speed up the healing process and, let’s face it, cold yogurt on a hot sunburn just feels good. The addition of a couple drops of anti-inflammatory, calming lavender essential oil helps to soothe stressed skin.
How to: Mix one cup of full-fat Greek yogurt with 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil. Apply the combination directly onto your face, leave on for up to 20 minutes, and rinse.