Natural and effective home remedies for sunburn range from apple cider vinegar to yogurt. We’ll show you how to make your own for quick and painless sunburn relief.
Sunburn First Aid: Immediate Sunburn Care
The first step to treating a sunburn is to eliminate any further exposure to sunlight. Next, you should cool down your skin with some water cooled to around 60-70°F. At best, try to use a moist cloth which you can continue to reuse as needed.
There are a number of natural and effective sunburn home remedies out there that will help support the regeneration of the skin in the next few days. In the following guide on natural sunburn relief, Utopia will show you how to use home remedies such as aloe vera, yogurt and apple cider vinegar for sunburn treatment and pain relief.
Note: The following home remedies for sunburn are only suitable for treatment of first degree or mild sunburn (first degree: redness, hot to the touch, irritation). As soon as blisters form following a sunburn, we do not recommend using these home remedies as self-treatment.
Tip: To prevent sunburn in the first place, learn how to choose UV protection: physical sunscreen vs. chemical sunscreen
1. Treat Facial Sunburn: Aloe Vera
The aloe vera plant is a classic home remedy for treating sunburn. If you happen to have a plant at home, you can cut off a piece, cut it in half and gently spread the gel-like liquid over the sunburn. This sunburn home remedy is quite suitable for facial use as it is colorless and smells quite pleasant. Aloe Vera has moisturizing properties and contains more than 200 vitamins. This allows the skin to recover quickly from sunburn.
Tip: If you do not have an aloe vera plant at home, you can also use an aloe vera gel with a high plant content.
Those who find aloe vera gel too mild can look towards coconut oil for sunburn relief. This sunburn home remedy also supplies the skin with various nutrients such as vitamin E and helps it regenerate after sunburn. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help to cool the skin. On warmer days, bottled coconut oil will already be a liquid. Otherwise simply hold the glass under hot water briefly and it will start to melt around 73°F.
2. Sunburn Home Remedies: How to Use Vinegar to Treat Sunburn
Another alternative you can use as a home remedy for sunburn is organic apple cider vinegar. Well suited for treating sunburn, apple cider vinegar helps treat inflammation, functions as a mild disinfectant and soothes itchy skin.
However, apple vinegar should never be applied to open blisters and should only be used in diluted form. Aim for a mixture with equal parts vinegar and water (50:50) when preparing this sunburn home remedy.
Utopia’s tip: Apple cider vinegar is great for sunburns – and many other things. Did you know you could use apple cider vinegar for hair care?
3. Treating Sunburn with Natural Remedies: Yogurt
Dairy products such as quark and yoghurt also work well as home remedies for sunburn. These remedies work to moisturize and cool the skin, however it is still debated whether milk fat and lactic acid offer any additional healing effect.
Note: You should not spread the quark or yoghurt directly onto the burnt skin, but rather make a yoghurt/quark compress. Washing the dried yogurt directly off your skin will otherwise result in further irritation. Leave the compress on your sunburned skin for around 30 minutes.
This article was translated from German to English by Evan Binford. You can view the original here: Sonnenbrand behandeln: Die besten natürlichen Hausmittelaffiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.
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