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DIY Sunburn Remedies Found in Your Kitchen

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Why buy aloe for your sunburn when you already have what you need right in your own home? Ease that sunburn using products you can find in your kitchen. We’ve all laid out in the sun for a little too long and had to deal with nasty sunburns. Nursing your skin back to health doesn’t have to be painful, nor expensive.

Though there is nothing wrong with lathering up in aloe gel to soothe your skin, it can leave an uncomfortable sticky residue, and you may not have it on hand. Read on to learn about other sunburn remedies you have in your kitchen that can be used instead of aloe to quickly bring your skin some comfort.

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Whether you’re a master cook or only cook once a month, these remedies feature ingredients you’ll already have stocked in your kitchen! Items such as vinegar, cucumber, coconut oil, and even baking soda can be all you need to bring you relief. Next time don’t forget your sunscreen, but if you do, try these DIY remedies first.


1. Vinegar

The harsh sting of vinegar is great in certain recipes, but the taste takes getting used to. It is a great tool for healing a bad sunburn, but you may have to suffer through a slight sting first to get the healing effects.

Vinegar is proven to have amazing anti-bacterial effects which can be helpful with serious burns to prevent infection. Soak paper towels in vinegar and press onto burned skin. The acetic acid in vinegar helps ease the itch, pain, and inflammation. Vinegar can potentially sting a lot upon application, so try diluting it with equal parts water. If your skin is extra itchy, try soaking in a cool bath with two cups of vinegar, and you’re sure to find relief.


2. Black Tea

Black tea contains ingredients that can greatly help skin recover from ultraviolet damage and reduce inflammation. Simply soak a few tea bags in hot water and let it seep for at least 5 minutes. Then, add ice cubes to the cup to cool the tea, and either apply the tea bags directly to the affected area, or simple soak a towel and place on your skin. Let the tea soak into your skin for a while before removing.

The more times you repeat this process, the better the results! Just be sure not to rinse it off afterwards, rather let your skin drink up the tea.


3. Milk

Milk is full of fat, protein and pH, all of which have a soothing, anti-inflammatory affect on skin that can instantly bring you comfort from a burn. Cool milk will actually help pull heat away from the skin, making the affected areas feel better upon first contact. There is plenty of vitamin A and D in milk which are antioxidants that assist in the healing process within the body.

Mix one cup of skim milk with four cups of water, add some ice cubes, and dip a cloth in the solution, pressing on sunburned area for half an hour. The cold temperature will constrict blood vessels to reduce swelling, while the milk will help create a protein film that helps relieve discomfort.


4. Cucumber


Cucumbers are 95% water and are thus exactly what sunburnt skins needs. Hydration is key when it comes to healing your body, so cucumbers will help hydrate the skin externally. Rich in natural botanical compounds that have antioxidant properties, a slice of cucumber applied to an affected area will simply soak up the hydration.

Simply slice up a cucumber, throw it in the fridge for a few minutes, then place the slices on your skin. If you’re feeling creative, you can even throw them into a blender to create a paste, then lather on skin.


5. Yogurt and Oatmeal


This mask is especially useful if your skin has already begun to blister or peel. Do not pick at your skin and avoid abrasive rubbing. The lactic acid in the yogurt will aid in dissolving all the damaged skin, while the oatmeal will ensure that moisture gets locked in. This combination will soothe the skin and help relieve any discomfort, making the healing process move along much faster.

Combine 1/4 cup full-fat plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons of cooked oatmeal. Mix and apply to the sunburn. Let the mask sit on the burn for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off.


6. Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of those ingredients that you probably have hiding in the back of your fridge. It’s one of those amazing multi-use kitchen ingredients that always comes in handy, and now it can even help heal your sunburn.

Just mix a few scoops with equal parts cold water to create a thick paste. Lather the paste on the affected areas. After a few minutes, you should feel the heat subsiding from the burn and along with a cooling effect. After at least 10 minutes, simply rinse it off and gently pat dry. Afterwards, it is recommended that you moisturize the area, another very vital step in the skin healing process.


7. Coconut Oil


In terms of moisturizaton, coconut oil is the perfect tool that you can find in your kitchen. Put a little coconut oil on your skin the next time you turn a little red from too much sun. The fatty acids found in coconut oil assist in reducing inflammation, while also adding moisture back to your dry and peeling skin.

Coconut oil has also been found to function as a minor sunscreen as well, blocking about 20% of the sun’s UV rays. So be sure to lather up in coconut oil both before and after exposure to harmful UV rays to ensure that your skin remains in top health.


Next time you’re out in the sun longer than you should be, don’t fret if you don’t have aloe on hand. Your kitchen in full of useful items that will do the trick just as well, if not better, than a simple aloe vera gel. Though the redness associated with a sunburn may remain for a few days after trying these remedies, the physical symptoms will be greatly alleviated, and the burn will heal quicker than average and be gone in no time.

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