Natural Remedies to Soothe Sunburns
The sun is a glorious beautiful thing, and here in the Caribbean there is no shortage of it. But what happens when you end up getting too many rays and you’re left with a painful sunburn? There’s no reason to suffer through as you wait for your skin to heal, instead you can take a look at these natural remedies to soothe sunburns. And hey great news, because they are natural, that means you can use them on the kids too!
If you have a bathtub then you’re in luck, because this remedy is sure to help. Fill the tub with cool water and add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda to the water. Soak in this mixture for a maximum of 20 minutes, and then gently pat your skin dry, or better yet, allow your body to air dry so you are not adding more stress to your skin.
This method is meant for sunburns on the face. Use non-fat, plain yogurt as a mask and gently smooth it onto your skin. You don’t need to make it too thick, just an even covering. Allow the yogurt to sit on your face for about 15 minutes and it will offer a cooling effect.
For the rest of your body you can make your own cold milk compress. All you need is cold milk and a clean facecloth. Soak the cloth in the milk, wring out the excess, and then gently place it on your skin. Allow it to lay on your skin for 10-15 minutes, then you can soak it again and lay it somewhere else. Just like the yogurt, it will have a cooling effect.
If you’ve ever spent time researching all the ways you can use vinegar, then you probably know it can be used to soothe sunburns. You can opt to spray the vinegar on your burn, or you can soak a facecloth in vinegar and use the same technique as the cold milk compress. This technique offers very fast results.
If your skin isn’t blistered, just burned, then you can try rubbing peppermint oil on it. This too will have a cooling effect. If you’d like, you can also add a few drops of the oil to a mild soap and use it to wash your body.
Sometimes you may find you need to use a variety of these products in order to get relief, which is well worth it once the pain and burning sensation is gone.