Sunburn Hacks: How to Treat a Sunburn
A sunburn is the last thing you want to appear on a summer vacation. Sunburns are sneaky though, and can creep up on you while you’re having too much fun to notice. This can be a problem for people who spend a lot of time in the sun, or who have fair skin. For people with extremely fair skin, sunburns can happen as soon as 15 minutes after being exposed to the midday sun – ouch!
Fortunately, if you happen to get a sunburn, there are ways to make it more bearable.
Here are 5 Sunburn hacks that you can give a try.
1. Sunburn Hacks: Yogurt
Yogurt is good for moisturizing the skin and nourishing the body, but it’s also good for healing sunburns. Not just any yogurt will do the trick though. Be sure to use plain yogurt that has probiotics.
Apply a layer on your sunburn daily to prevent the burn from peeling and help heal the damaged skin. Allow the yogurt to dry and then gently rinse it off, making sure not to scrub at the burn.
Why does yogurt work? Yogurt is a good sunburn cure because of its ingredients: calcium, protein, and zinc; all of which work to rejuvenate the skin. It’s also a good source of hydration for your skin, and aids in the growth of healthy new skin cells.
2. Sunburn Hacks: Cornstarch
You might have been told to use cornstarch if you get a heat rash under your armpits or between your thighs, but did you know that cornstarch works just as well for sunburns? Cornstarch doesn’t help to heal the burn per say, but it does make sleeping easier.
Sunburns hurt when they rub against things like, for example, bed sheets. So, to minimize the painful friction caused when your sheets rub against your sunburn, sprinkle yourself or your sheets with cornstarch before sleeping.
Cornstarch could also be used for preventing your clothes from rubbing against your sunburn during the day, so long as you don’t mind the mess that cornstarch can make on your clothing and in your house. Trust me, cornstarch is one of the best sunburn hacks!
3. Sunburn Hacks: Black Tea
Black tea is a pantry staple for many people. It’s good for keeping us hydrated, and for relieving us of puffy eyes. Black tea is also good for treating sunburns because it’s full of antioxidants.
To treat the damaged skin, soak black tea bags in cool water. After the water has darkened, you can use the tea bags and infused water to aid in the healing of your sunburn.
Lay the wet tea bags on the burned areas of your skin, and let them sit for 20 minutes. You could also use the infused water by soaking a cloth in the water and laying it on your skin. Black tea will remove the heat, sting, and itchiness of your burns.
4. Sunburn Hacks: Aloe Vera
This is perhaps the most well-known sunburn remedy. It has been used for thousands of years to treat pain and open wounds, so it’s no wonder that it’s good for sunburns. Aloe Vera has natural soothing properties, and is easy to grow so it’s easy to always have a fresh piece of aloe to treat your ailments.
To use aloe to combat sunburns, rip off a chunk of your aloe plant and tear open the leaf. Apply the open end of the leaf directly onto the burned skin. If an aloe plant isn’t feasible for you, you can buy Aloe Vera gel from a grocery store. When buying aloe gel, try to find the one with the least number of additives. Pure aloe is best.
5. Sunburn Hacks: Oatmeal
Oatmeal is used in cookies, cakes, alcohol, soaps, pet food, cosmetics and hundreds of other everyday items. It’s also handy to have in your cupboard in case of a sudden sunburn. How does oatmeal help sunburns? Oatmeal is soothing and takes away the itchiness of burns.
Taking an oatmeal bath is one of the best ways to use this handy grain. Grind 1 cup of dry oatmeal in a coffee grinder and grind it in to a fine powder. Place the grinded oatmeal under a running stream of bath water, and then sit in the oatmeal bath for 15 minutes.
This treatment is mild on the skin, and gives instant relief from itching and pain. You could also mix oatmeal into a paste and apply it to the skin. To do this, grind the oatmeal as you did with the oatmeal bath. Then, instead of adding it to bath water, add it into a soothing mixture of honey, or yogurt. Apply the paste to your skin and allow it to sit until it hardens.
That’s my top 5 list of sunburn hacks. Home remedies are sometimes the best ways to treat ailments, pain, and sickness. There are dozens to choose from, and they can be customized to fit your unique tastes. If you don’t like one ingredient in a paste, mask or mixture, it’s easy to substitute it for something else with the same properties.
Check out our post on improving your complexion and more ways to take care of your skin. Have fun, be creative, and heal yourself!