Summers are almost upon us and it’s the season when venturing outside without a good sunscreen is like inviting dark spots, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and of course sunburns on your skin. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with both UVA/UVB protection is a must during all seasons, especially during summers because the sun rays are the harshest and can cause sunburns that can leave the skin red, inflamed, tender, peeling, with fluid-filled blisters with rashes. There are many over-the-counter ointments available to treat sunburns; however, home remedies work the best and in this post, we have listed out 10 home remedies that work like magic on sunburns caused by UV rays. Here are some of the home remedies and tips to get rid of sunburn.
The first tip to treat sunburn is not cover the affected area with a cloth or cry over it for hours. Instead, just rush to the bathroom and soak the affected area in water. Remember the water shouldn’t be very cold, just lukewarm.
1. Make a paste out of oatmeal and apply this paste on to the affected area. You can also use products with oatmeal in them, like Aveeno Dermexa Cream, Nourish Oat Moisturizing Lotion, FabIndia Honey Oatmeal Lotion, or Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. You can also mix oatmeal powder with egg white and apply the paste over the area for immediate relief.
2. Brew green tea in water and dip in a piece of clean cloth after the tea cools down. Now, apply the cloth over the blistered area. Green tea would help to reduce the inflammation caused by overexposure to harsh UV rays.
3. Tannic acid is great for soothing sunburns. Make yourself a strong tea using around five tea bags, cool it down and soak a few tissues in this tea. Apply the soaked tissues on the sunburnt areas. You can also spray the tea on the burns. You can also rub the tea bags on the affected areas or even put these used tea bags into your bath bucket to have a refreshing bath.
4. Pour in a few drops of peppermint oil into your bath bucket. It would help soothe inflamed, red skin and provide effective relief from sunburns.
5. If the sunburn is excruciatingly painful, rub affected area with a cucumber or potato slice. Cucumber and potato would help to reduce swelling and inflammation by a great deal.
6. Acetic acid is one of the main ingredient in vinegar. The itching, swelling and pain caused due to sunburn can be brought down by using vinegar. Soak a clean cloth or some tissue papers in vinegar and apply it on the affected area. Leave them on till the cloth/tissues go dry. You can even dilute some vinegar in your bath tub and take a bath with this water. Make sure that the water is cold. You can also use apple cider vinegar to get effective relief. Soak some rose petals in vinegar and apply this solution to the affected area as well.
7. Make a paste by mixing a teaspoonful of baking soda and a few drops of apple cider vinegar, and apply this thick paste on to the sunburned area. You can leave this paste overnight for quick recovery.
8. Yogurt can treat almost all skin problems and it’s no different with painful sunburns. Apply some fresh yogurt to the affected area directly and see the inflammation and rashes on the skin come down within a few hours.
9. Sprinkle a little bit of cornstarch all over your bed and sleep on it if you have sunburns all over your body, and this will reduce the chafing.
10. Nothing can be as effective as fresh aloe vera gel on sunburns. Apply fresh and pure aloe vera gel on the affected area and leave it overnight to clear inflammation and rashes.
11. Egg whites are great for treating skin burns. You can apply egg white directly on affected area to bring down the inflammation.
12. Massage some mustard oil on the skin. Even lavender and peppermint oil are also great for soothing sunburns.
13. Honey can be applied directly on the affected area, but it works well when mixed with raw milk.
14. Mix 1/4th cup of tomato juice with 1 and half cup of buttermilk and apply this mixture on the affected area.
These were some of the tested and tried home remedies for sunburns. Remember, wearing a sunscreen is a must when you step outside during summers.