Summer is closing in fast, so I thought this would be a great time to share my 5 favorite natural sunburn relief remedies! As someone who is no stranger to the camp and the beach, I’ve relied on these remedies more times than I would like to admit. Keep in mind, prevention is always the way to go, so make sure you slather up with a high spf sunscreen before heading out. On the off chance it slipped your mind though, check these out:
1. Aloe Vera
The most commonly used natural sunburn relief is at the top of the list for obvious reasons. It works amazingly and has been around for ever! You can buy pre-extracted pump bottles of Aloe from the drugstore, or if you grow your own, you can extract the gel directly from the plant and apply to your skin
2. Baking Soda
Add 3 heaping tablespoons to a lukewarm bath and soak for 10-15 mins. Any longer than that will result in drying out your skin even more.. ouch! When you are finished resist the urge to towel dry and try air drying instead to avoid wiping away any baking soda still on your skin. Throw on some loose-fitting clothing if you must and let the soda do it’s magic!
3. Apple Cider Vinegar & Coconut Oil
Mix 2 tablespoons ACV with 2 cups water and use a soft cloth to apply to the sunburned areas. Follow up with some coconut oil to moisturize and counteract the drying action of the vinegar. Continue to moisturize with coconut oil daily until the burn heals.
Add a of cup oatmeal (not the instant kind) to a cool bath. Soak for as long as you would like then pat dry. Follow with loose-fitting clothing.
Cut and cube 2 potatoes, blend until a paste adding some water if necessary. Apply directly to sunburned area and let dry then wash off in a lukewarm shower