Sunburns are the worst, no matter how much sunscreen you apply to your body, sometimes you end up getting burnt. Most sunburns are mild first-degree burns that only affect the most outer layer of skin, and they cause redness and discomfort. But, when you get second or third-degree burns, which are dangerous as they cause blistering and swelling as well as other more serious symptoms like headaches, chills, fatigue, abdominal pain, and fever, it’s important to seek medical attention. For the more common mild burns, these six at-home remedies, which can usually be found in your pantry, can soothe your skin.
Oatmeal is a common remedy for eczema-prone skin, and it’s also great for sunburns. Just mix it with some olive oil or coconut oil before taking a cool shower.
Aloe vera is found in most after sun remedies and its anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness, speed healing, and moisturizes the skin.
Soak a washcloth with cold milk to ease the irritation and to help your sunburn heal faster. The lactic acid in milk may help get rid of the dead skin from the peeling.
This anti-inflammatory astringent works great for itches and irritations while providing a cooling effect for relief. Just add a few drops to a cool compress and apply it to your skin three to four times a day.
For sunburns that are peeling, a baking soda paste or bath can help soothe the inflammation and get rid of the itching.
Oil-based products add moisture back into the skin and coconut oil won’t irritate sunburns on your face. Coconut oil hydrates your skin and it has antibacterial properties to reduce itchiness and alleviate inflammation.