Vinegar For Sunburn
Vinegar is well known for its anti-bacterial properties, and can help prevent infections on the damaged skin, especially when you’re suffering from blisters. There is some scientific evidence to support this method, but it’s not our favourite homemade remedies for sunburn relief, mostly because it’s not pleasant to apply vinegar to damaged skin, even when diluted with water.
As a warning, using undiluted apple cider vinegar can actually damage your skin further, so make sure you always add water in a one to one ratio at the least.
Some methods to use this treatment at home:
- Using a home made spray combining vinegar and water and regularly applying directly on the skin. It’s best to lightly spray the affected areas every few hours until symptoms go away.
- Having a vinegar bath for sunburn, again combining cool water with apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar.
- Dipping some paper towels or a washcloth in some white vinegar and gently applying it on your sunburn, again it’s prudent to dilute with water first. It’s best to have a lukewarm or cool shower first to cleanse the skin of any chemicals before using this method.
The highest rated product we’ve found is Bragg Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar which has close to 3,013 positive customer reviews on Amazon.com.
Coconut Oil For Sunburn
Coconut oil is the wonder product for skin care, and it’s a big contented for best natural sunburn relief as well.
Coconut oil for sunburn relief work well because of its antibacterial and moisturizing properties. On top of that, immediately after applying, it should give that much needed calming and cooling effect for fast relief.
The saturated fats and fatty acids can help relief inflammation, while nourishing dehydrated skin reducing dryness and therefore irritation. The vitamin D and E will also nourish and heal your skin. If this isn’t enough for you, the antioxidants will help the healing process further.
You can get even better results by adding some lavender oil and fresh aloe vera to some organic coconut oil. This will give a faster cooling effect and will work at healing skin that much faster. Some people even recommend adding a small splash of peppermint oil to this mixture, but I’ve found that this stings a litte.
Applying coconut oil to heal sunburn is easy. Literally rub some on your skin where you’ve been burned. Nothing more complicated. You can get someone to massage the affected areas gently for better results, but this can be done by yourself. Of course, for hard to reach areas such as your back it’s easier to have someone to help you.
It’s good to experiment with different essential oils, but just make sure you only but high quality products to ensure best results. Low quality essentials oils can do more than damage than good, so send a little more to avoid problems.
This is also a great way to treat and provide fast relief for sunburned lips.
Tea For Sunburn
Can a standard black tea bag really help with sunburn? Apparently it can, and it can treat your skin quite well and very cheaply. The best method is a tea bath for sunburn relief, which is very easy to make. Run a bath with lukewarm or cold water and add three black or earl grey teabags to the bath from the start. You could even make several cups of tea, let them cool down and add to the bath. This works best, but both ways work.
You can also use a small towel or some paper towels to make a cold compress when in the bath. This will ensure you reach the affected areas faster. The tea should remove the heat and pain and this could provide sufficient relief to allow you to get good nights sleep.
If you’re in a hurry, make a tea, let it cool down or add some ice and use the wet tea bags as a cold compress. This saves you from having to draw a bath.
Personally I prefer using chamomile tea as scientific evidence has shown that it contains more anti-inflammatory qualities. I generally add a green tea and peppermint tea bag for good measure as all have unique cooling properties. So whatever you use chamomile tea for sunburn or normal tea, hopefully this method can help you today!
Aloe Vera For Sunburn
Aloe Vera is the cure all plant. It’s also one of the best homemade sunburn relief methods due to its soothing and calming effect on burns. Together with its antibacterial properties, aloe vera is highly efficient for sunburn relief.
The glycoproteins will work as a natural painkiller and will reduce inflammation; while the polysaccharides will help repair damaged cells. In addition, the vitamins and minerals will help speed up the healing process and will leave your skin smoother and suppler.
You can either use a fresh piece cut off from the plant, or you can use the gel as long as it’s 100% pure and natural.
If you’re using a natural plant, the best way to extract the gel is to cut into the plant and use a small spoon to scoop out the gel. After washing your hands carefully, apply the gel with your fingertips and rinse off with cool water once dried. You can repeat this several times a day.
If you can’t get your hands on the plant, then a high quality gel will be just as good. The best aloe vera gel for sunburn will be pure and natural with no added artificial ingredients.
For the best results, you can mix aloe vera gel with some of the other treatments on this page such as cucumber, yoghurt, essential oil such as Vitamin E oil, and so forh. What works well for one person might not work for another, it all depends on the severity of the burn and your skin type. Keep trying different methods until you fid the best home remedy for you. If you have severe sunburn, then you must seek medical advice.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommend applying on both cold water on the skin and following this up with aloe vera or soy to help with soothing your skin.
Witch Hazel For Sunburn
Witch hazel is a very effective astringent, with proven anti-inflammatory properties; something which comes in handy when your skin has burned.
The best way to apply this method is to use a clean cloth (or cotton balls) and moisten with witch hazel. Make sure you take care when applying on skin, as applying too rough might damage skin further. You can repeat this process during the day for pain and itch relief. It’s great to combine this with some of the other treatments such as aloe vera for maximum effect.
Honey For Sunburn
Honey has gained a reputation for its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. This combined with its antioxidants effects can sooth and heal sunburn quickly.
Manuka honey especially is highly effective and has been scientifically proven to eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria.
So manuka honey for sunburn can be highly effective in treating sunburn, but normal honey can have some beneficial effects as well. It’s almost a shame to smother some oil on the skin, especially if you’re like me and like eating honey, but you will need direct contact with the skin to have any effects.
Again mixing this with aloe vera or a tea compress will give you the fastest relief.