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Home Remedies for Sunburns

A beautiful bronzed skin is one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about summer. A tanned skin is highly appreciated because looks amazing and because certain imperfections automatically become less visible on a darker skin. However, sometimes despite using the necessary precautions sunburns can occur. Anyone who has ever had a sunburn knows how unpleasant it can be. In this situation, turning to home remedies to sooth sunburns is a very wise choice.


Sunburn are usually caused by excessive exposure to sun or other ultra violet source. Sunburns occur because the protective pigment of the skin, melanin is not produced in adequate quantities in order to protect the skin. For this reason, people with fair complexion, which have modest amounts of melatonin in their skin are more prone to develop sunburns than people with darker skin.

Sunburns can easily be prevented by using a broad spectrum sunscreen however, most people forget to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or often miss certain spots and thus they increase the risk of getting sunburned.

Sunburns can have all kinds of unpleasant side effects that can have serious effects on our health aside from the obvious minor discomfort that is usually experienced.

That's why it's important not to leave sunburns untreated and use some natural home remedies to speed up recovery. Home remedies have a wide range of advantages: they are free of dangerous chemicals found in conventional products, they are very affordable and extremely easy to prepare, providing a quick relief. Here are some of the most efficient natural remedies for sunburns:

  • Aloe vera
  • Aloe vera has proven to be highly effective in treating a wide variety of health and beauty problems such as: dandruff, acne scars, dry skin and many others. It seems that Aloe vera is also an efficient treatment for sunburns. Aloe vera is able to speed up the skin's healing sure to its amazing properties.

    Aloe vera contains salicylic acid which is an effective pain reliever and other anti-inflammatory agents while also having a cooling effect that instantly reduces the sunburn symptoms. Because Aloe vera is astringent it is not recommended to apply it without combining it with vitamin E first, as vitamin helps moisturize the skin. Mix Aloe vera gel with one capsule of vitamin E and apply the mixture on the affected areas several times a day.


  • Tea
  • Due to its high level of antioxidants its cooling properties tea can be an effective remedy for sunburns. The tannins contained in tea will also help speed up the healing process. Either put tea bags in the fridge and apply them on the skin or use cool brewed tea on the sunburned areas for an instant relief. Spearmint and peppermint are especially useful when treating sunburns but other type of teas work good as well.

  • Lavender oil
  • Lavender oil is one of the few oils that can be applied directly on the skin without being diluted. Lavender oil acts as an antiseptic on the the skin helping to remove the pain and the burning sensation at the same time. Moreover, it has a calming effect on the mind promoting relaxation. Mix about 20 drops in one cup of water and apply it on the sunburned area. Use ice cold water for a more powerful effect.

  • Milk or yogurt
  • Both milk and yogurt can be used to treat sunburns. That's because they both contain essential proteins that help the skin recover faster. Usually yogurt is preferred when the sunburn first occur and milk is used after the symptoms have already been ameliorated.

    Yogurt has an instant cooling effect and due to its relatively thick consistency it can be applied directly on the skin while milk is applied in the form of a compress every 2 hours. It is recommended to keep the compress for at least 20 minutes to be able to get the results you desire. Avoid using butter as it only increases the risk of an infection.


  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar has been used since ancient times to treat several health problems being one of top recommendations of homeopaths. Because its ability to balance the PH of the skin, apple cider vinegar has been successfully used for treating sunburns. Moreover, apple cider vinegar also helps prevent peeling and blistering.

    The use of apple cider vinegar for sunburns depends on how large the affected skin area is. If only a small portion of skin has been affected applying apple cider vinegar as a cooling compress on it several times a day should be enough. However, if a large portion of the skin has been affected it is best to add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar in a bathtub filled with warm water for an instant relief. Make sure you keep the skin well moisturized afterward.



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