8 DIY Simple Home Remedies for Sunburn

Dr. Jagatjit Singh Kohli

By Dr. Jagatjit Singh Kohli
MBBS, DHMS-Harvard, Masters in Clinical Dermatology

April 11th, 2023

We’ve all done it: we’re careless with the SPF and miss a region, or we don’t have someone with us to reach that difficult-to-reach spot on our backs, or we smooth sunscreen on our arms but forget to apply it to our shoulders when we remove our t-shirt to swim. These are all potential signs of us embarking on a trail to get sunburn terribly. 

As a result, our skin gets more red and achy. We see peeling skin or ugly blisters in the mirror a few days later. If you’re facing any of these, then you are the right place to uncover 8 easy DIY remedies to counter the aftermath of sunburn. 

1. Oats

This breakfast staple also offers skin-soothing qualities and lowers inflammation, making it an excellent natural sunburn treatment. Fill an old nylon stocking with oats and set it under the faucet while taking a bath. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes, then air-dry to prevent wiping away the healing oats. 

2. Vinegar

Regular white vinegar includes acetic acid, an aspirin component that can help alleviate sunburn discomfort, irritation, and inflammation. Soak paper towels in vinegar and apply them to sore regions as a compress, leaving them on until they dry. Since vinegar can hurt, exercise caution around the eyes. Instead, soak for 20 minutes in a warm bath with a cup of white vinegar.Vinegar may also be used for a range of home remedies.

3. Shower

Have a refreshing bath or shower. keep the temperature low and apply moisturizer as soon as you step outside. The cold H20 may help relieve discomfort and inflammation caused by sunburn, while the lotion will help retain moisture and make your skin feel and appear less dry. Avoid strong soaps, which can irritate the skin even more.

4. Avoid popping any blisters

Serious and extensive blisters should be treated by a doctor, but if you get a few, let them alone. Opening them up exposes them to infection. If the blisters rupture on their own, treat the exposed lesion with mild soap and water and wrap it in a bandage. 

5.  Yogurt

The enzymes and probiotics in plain, unflavored yogurt aid in the natural healing of sunburn. Let yogurt to rest on burnt areas for at least five minutes. After the discomfort has subsided, gently rinse with cold water.

6. Avoid product that trap heat

Certain products you may be tempted to apply on your skin might aggravate the situation by trapping heat in. That’s not good. Instead use oil-based lotions to keep the burnt area cool.

7. Vitamins E and C

Vitamins will not relieve the agony of a sunburn, but they will help it recover faster. Regular consumption of vitamin C and vitamin E for eight days might help your sunburn recover and perhaps lessen your risks of having skin cancer in the future. They neutralize the free radicals produced by UV damage, protecting you from long-term skin damage, and they also aid in the healing and restoration of your skin.

8. Black Tea

While black tea has caffeine, it also contains antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation. When placed on your skin for an extended period of time, it is also hydrating.

Black tea is also excellent for removing the heat from a recent sunburn. The antioxidants, when mixed with chilly water, deliver a one-two punch for skin repair.

Fill a pitcher halfway with chilly water and around three black tea bags. You want the water to be black, so steep the tea for as long as possible. Then, grab a cloth that you don’t mind destroying and dip it in the pitcher before wringing it out and applying it to the sunburn as a form of treatment.

Bottom line

While there is no easy way to get rid of sunburn right away, there are certain things you may do to alleviate the pain and begin the healing process.

Stay out of the sun: Taking shelter indoors, where there is air conditioning or lower temperatures, will keep the skin from scorching even more.

Consume plenty of water: Water helps to rehydrate the skin since water is drawn to the skin’s surface while it is burning.

8 DIY Simple Home Remedies for Sunburn
8 DIY Simple Home Remedies for Sunburn
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