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5 Effective Ways to Soothe Sunburns at Home

Some of the best remedies might be hiding in your pantry.

Home remedies to help with sunburns, aloe vera on a table

A day at the pool with friends is one of the highlights of summertime. But going home after fun in the sun and finding flaming red skin all over your body can have really negative consequences.

Sunburns may be uncomfortable and irritating, but luckily, treating them doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few ways to treat sunburns from home:

1. Hello, hydration

After soaking up too many sun rays, do your body a favor and drink, drink, drink. Getting scorched by the sun can make your body lose a lot of water. Remember that your body is 70% water, so hydrate to help your body in the healing process.

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2. Bask in baking soda

Draw a bathtub full of cool water, and throw in plenty of baking soda (you can also throw in a cup of oats. You might feel like you’re sitting in a bowl of breakfast, but if you’re looking for an extra boost in the soothing factor, give it a try). Soaking for 20 minutes can nourish your skin with moisture and reduce inflammation. Gently pat yourself dry with a towel when you’re finished.

3. Apply the aloe

Whether you use store-bought gel or you have an actual plant growing in your windowsill, this plant is your sunburn’s bestie. Aloe vera has healing properties that have been used for centuries. Just apply a little bit of this soothing gel, and your skin will feel like it’s been dipped in cool, soft-serve ice cream.

4. Welcome the water

If you catch your sunburned skin quickly, immediately dousing yourself in cold water can prevent inflammation and further damage. You can also wrap an icepack or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and but the cold compress on your burn. Just don’t put any ice directly on your skin, or you might cause further damage!

5. Moisturizer is a must

Whether you like to slather yourself in coconut oil or your favorite, vanilla-scented body lotion, moisturizing your burned skin after it has had a chance to cool down can help prevent the annoying itching and peeling that often follows too much sun. And coconut oil not only smells fantastic, it also contains lauric acid, which can help lower your risk for a skin infection. Slather away!

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Be sure to wear that sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and don’t forget to reapply every few hours, especially if you are swimming or having a water gun battle. Remember, the pain of taking five extra minutes to coat yourself in sunblock is much less than the pain of a sunburn.


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Chakell Wardleigh
Chakell has a B.A. in English and is a magazine editor. She enjoys exercising, laughing with family and friends, and online shopping. She strives to be as versatile as cauliflower, which she often turns into pizza.