With the 4th of July right around the corner, this is a subject that many people will find useful! Outside barbecues, pool parties, picnics and outdoor sports all will cause people to be out in the sun longer than they normally are. Many people will use common sense and make sure to generously apply sunscreen, but even then it can be washed off by sweat, or watered down by swimming, leaving part or all of your skin open to the burning rays of the sun. Some, of course, will not wear sunscreen at all, so they are doubly susceptible to getting sunburn. Ouch!
Everyone hates getting a sunburn. They hurt, they make you feel hot and dried out. It makes you want to stop wearing clothes. All you want is relief, but how? Instead of running out and spending a lot of money on sunburn creams and sprays, why not use what you have at home that achieve the same results? There are many simple things that you can do to ease the discomfort of a sunburn with things you have in your home right now.
Here are 10 simple ways to soothe a sunburn with common household items:
- Cool Bath with 1/2 cup baking soda - the water should be just below room temperature, no colder. Sudden submersion in icy water could shock your system and cause other problems.
- Take an over the counter pain reliever - this will help ease the pain and ache.
- Moisturizing Cream - Slather your sunburn with moisturizing cream 2 or 3 times a day, especially before getting dressed or going to bed
- Aloe Vera - the gel squeezed out of the plant directly does the most good. It cools the burn and helps the skin heal. If you don't have a aloe vera plant, then you can cut the gel tablets and squeeze out the liquid. (must be real aloe vera, not synthetic)
- Yogurt - Spread it over the burned area and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off in a cool shower.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - is healing to sunburned skin. You can put it on directly, with cotton balls, but if it stings, you can put a cup or two in a cool bath and soak for 15 minutes.
- Witch Hazel - swab burned areas with cotton balls soaked in witch hazel and leave it on.
- Green Tea - put 6 tea bags in a hot bath and let the water cool to room temperature and then climb in and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. The tannic acid within will ease the pain and swelling.
- Potato Juice - Cut a potato in half and rub the cut portion over the sunburn. Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour and then wash off with cool water.
- Drink water - sunburned skin is usually dehydrated, along with the rest of your body, so along with any of these remedies, you should drink lots of cool water.
If you have any of these symptom, it is imperative that you see a doctor as soon as possible. Infections of this nature should not be taken lightly, they can spread very quickly and be a serious health threat.
Sunburn is never fun, but with a little effort, it can be a lot less uncomfortable.
Have a great week!
This is my favorite moisturizing cream, it was recommended to me by my doctor. It works!