Sunburn remedies: the best tricks at home to soothe sunburned skin

Jul 30, 2020 | | Say something

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Soothe sunburn with things found in your home (Image: Getty)

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s burning outside.

But as much as we love the sun, we don’t love the sunburn that can come with it.

Sometimes we can take all the proper precautions (sun hat, sunglasses, and SPF eyelashes), but we just lose track of time spent outside.

If you come across telltale red lines, there are a few simple home remedies that can help you.

Of course, it’s worth noting that sunburn should be avoided at all costs, as it can lead to more serious problems, such as skin cancer, later on.

But for those who accidentally get burned and need help ASAP, here are some easy things to try using things you would find around the house …

Coconut oil

While coconut oil has often been cited as a good home remedy for sunburn, there is little research to support that it actually helps reduce it.

However, due to its high fat content, it has excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties that can help alleviate dryness and itching.

A cool shower / bath

Sunburn emits a small amount of heat, making it warm to the touch, due to the concentration of blood involved in the healing process.

This means that we may feel warm and uncomfortable after sunburn, but a cold shower can help.

Ada Ooi, founder of 001 Skincare, tells ‘I recommend taking cold baths or showers to ease discomfort. You may want to use water and skip the use of any foamy body cleansers because they can further dry out your skin. ‘


Raw beauty lab co-founder and beauty expert Sonia Bainbridge has a lesser-known trick to prove involving a familiar vegetable.

She tells ‘While it may seem counterintuitive, applying tomato slices to sunburned skin can do wonders for relieving the heat and redness from a burn. This is one of my favorite after-sun tricks for long summers on Australian beaches.

“Tomatoes are packed with a powerful antioxidant, lycopene, which can not only help protect the skin from UV damage if consumed, but will also help relieve redness after the burn.”

Shaving foam

Shaving foam is designed to prepare the skin for a shave, so it has soothing and hydrating properties.

It makes sense, then, that some people find this helps with their sunburn.

Dr. Joshua artist said Health line: ‘Some shaving creams also contain menthol, which has cooling and anti-inflammatory benefits. This may also explain why some people report skin benefits as a piracy treatment for sunburn. ”

Lavender oil

Bianca Estelle, a skin specialist and medical esthetician, explains that a certain essential oil may help with skin pain.

She says: ‘Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with sunburn and can aid the skin’s natural healing process. ”

Rose water (made from rose petals and distilled water)

Dr. Nitasha Buldeo, founder of Organic Apoteke, says rose water can soothe, heal, and cool burned skin and scalp.

She comments: “ I remember when I was a child I played in the South African sun all day and complained to my grandmother that my head hurt. The house came out distilling rose water. She poured a small amount into her palms and then put it on the crown of my head applying pressure while letting the water and scalp absorb the rose water.

‘Yes it smelled wonderful and it always worked. Rose water was also sprayed onto sunburned, red, inflamed skin to calm and heal. ”

greek yogurt

Your refrigerator likely contains some unexpected ingredients that can help calm sunburn.

Dr. Rita Rakus Says: “Greek yogurt is very calming and soothing to the skin, it’s packed with lactic acid that is known to soothe the skin and probiotics that help soothe inflammation in the skin.”

Apple cider vinegar (but with caution!)

Apple cider vinegar (which is diluted with water) is known to help with sunburn due to its antibacterial and cooling effect.

However, it’s worth noting that apple cider vinegar can sometimes cause its own burns, which is why dermatologists don’t recommend it.

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