Home Remedies for SunBurns

Sunburns are caused by excessive exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet ( UV ) rays. While going outdoors use good quality sunglasses, hat and sunblock/sunscreen creams with an SPF of 30 or above. Do not use harsh soaps to wash sunburns. Some remedies to treat sunburns are :

  • Mix glam flour in curd and apply on face. Wash off after 30 minutes. Do it daily till your sunburn is gone.
  • To get relief from a sunburn pain, apply cool water compresses on the affected skin or fill a bathtub with cold water and dissolve one pound of baking soda or oatmeal in it. Soak in the bath for 30 minutes, until you feel relieved. You can also soak in a tub of cool water to which one cup of white vinegar has been added.
  • Cut fresh cucumber slices and rub them on the affected area. Or you can grate some potatoes and apply them on the burnt skin.
  • Mix 2 teaspoon tomato juice and 4 tablespoon buttermilk and apply on the face. Leave for 1/2 hour, and wash off.
  • Mix olive oil with equal quantity of vinegar and apply an hour before you bath for relief from sunburn.
  • Make a paste of Barley, turmeric and yogurt in equal proportions. Apply it over the area of sunburns for relief.
  • A thin paste of sandalwood applied to the sunburnt area is also beneficial.
  • If your skin is sunburnt, it will continue to burn until cold water is splashed on the face. Ice is also good, but it is bad for severe burns.
  • Lavender essential oil is a miraculous cure for sunburn. It is best to apply a few drops, then spread it gently with a piece of tissue. Don’t take a shower immediately after application of the oil.
  • Make a pot of boiling water and dip many tea bags in it to make a strong tea. Add ice until the tea is just slightly warm. Put a bath towel into the pot and keep turning the towel until it has soaked up all the tea. Have the sunburned person lie on the floor and place the wet towel over the sunburned area of the body. Leave the towel on for half an hour for a moderate burn and an hour for a strong burn.
  • Prepare a Sunburn Soother by mixing 1 cup white wine vinegar, 5 tablespoons salt, 5 tablespoons plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons aloe gel. Combine all the ingredients and stir briskly until smooth and creamy. Store in a refrigerator. Shake well before use. Apply it on the affected areas every hour or so, until the burning sensation is gone.
  • Generously apply aloe gel to any burned area. You can also apply vinegar on the affected skin, it will stop inflammation and pain. Avoid products made from benzocaine, lidocaine and petroleum jelly.
  • Rub mustard oil on the affected skin and allow to it dry, this will take out the heat from the skin.
  • You can also apply peppermint oil or apple cider vinegar to the burnt skin using cotton ball.
  • Including antioxidants like vitamin E and vitamin C in your diet is very helpful in curing sunburns. Tomato is a good antioxidant. Consume lots of fruits and fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • If the burn is very severe, go and see a doctor.

2 thoughts on “Home Remedies for SunBurns

  1. Michelle Wilensky

    I understand that most sunscreens today (if not all) contain plastic. I have two young children that I do not want to put plastic on their skin. I have heard that mustard seed oil is a good alternative to sunscreen. Have you heard of this or anything else that is a good alternative?


  2. admin Post author

    I totally agree with you that all sunscreens are not good for children. But I advice you to check out natural sunscreens in the market that use natural products and do not use any chemicals. Mustard seed oil and aloe-vera is good to apply but they do not provide 100% protection.


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