It's that time of year again! The summer months can be brutal on our skin. Be it at the beach, at a festival, at the pool, or just enjoying the great outdoors… We have to be careful not to get a sunburn. The best way to do this is obviously to use sunscreen and protective clothing to prevent the burn and reduce the risk of skin cancer before going out and while you are out in the sun. However, between all of the fun and too much sun sometimes we forget to reapply sunscreen. . For those with fair skin, it’s almost inevitable to avoid sunburnt skin. It doesn't matter how much sun exposure they get. To get relief from the sunburn pain and skin irritation I put together a list of effective home remedies for sunburns.

Hydrate and Moisturize

Let’s start with one of the most obvious and easiest ways to treat a painful sunburn. It's a good idea to make sure you drink plenty of water before you go out in the sun. Yet, like sunscreen, when we are outside having fun on a long day, we forget! Then we become dehydrated and end up with dry skin, not only from the sunburn but from being dehydrated. So one of the easiest sunburn remedies is to drink a few glasses of water and lotion up.

Lotions containing vitamin E and aloe vera. or pure aloe vera gel are the best to apply to the sunburned area. These creams will provide soothing relief and will lessen the inflammation of the skin.

Tip 1: Take a cool shower before applying lotion or aloe vera gel.

Tip 2: Organic coconut oil and the leaf of an aloe vera plant are two great natural remedies to soothe your sunburn instead of lotions.

aloe vera plant and gel
Aloe Very Gel is great to relieve the pain from sunburns

Soaks and Essential Oils

Taking a soaking bath with cool bath water is one of the best ways to get sunburn relief. There are a number of things you can soak in to ease the pain and lessen inflammation:

oatmeal bath for sunburn
An oatmeal bath will help with skin irritation and relieve the pain of a sunburn.

 Pastes

Oddly enough, some of the best home remedies come in the form of a paste. Many vegetables and household items possess healing properties useful for a number of things. One of them is a sunburn. Here are some pastes you can make to cool you down:

  • Potatoes- peel, slice, blend, and apply to the affected area.
  • Cornstarch– mix with water, and apply to the affected area.
  • Cucumber- chill, mash, apply to the affected area.
  • Yogurt- apply to the affected area.
cornstarch for sunburn
Cornstarch can be used to make a paste to apply directly on the skin or use with a cold compress to relieve the pain of a sunburn.

 Compresses

Compresses are great for relief! I like compresses because they are portable, which in my life is a definite must. They also tend to be less messy than pastes, yet some claim they're not as effective in the long run. 

After the cooling effects of these have worn off, you can go ahead and rinse them off with cool water. 

Over the Counter Remedies For Sunburns 

Things to Avoid When Treating Sunburns: 

These things will worsen or accelerate sunburn, as a result increasing pain. Be sure to steer clear of these.

  • petroleum jelly
  • butter
  • more sun
  • heat
  • tight-fitting clothes
  • certain medications, both OTC and prescription

If you can’t prevent it, treat it the best you can! I hope you enjoyed these tips. What are your favorite tricks for treating sunburn?