The best (and easiest!) at-home remedies for sunburn

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At-Home Remedies for Sunburn
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The best (and easiest!) at-home remedies for sunburn

Take a cool bath -- not cold -- to soothe your skin.  Don't use soap, and leave the loofah behind.  You don't need to irritate your skin at all right now!

For some added comfort, try adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to your bath water.  Another soothing option to add is oatmeal: add 1/2 to 1 full cup into the cool bath to soothe your skin.  With all forms of bathing, keep the water cool and don't linger longer than 15-20 minutes or you'll risk drying out your skin.  Always pat dry, do not rub.

Take an aloe vera plant (found easily at your local plant nursery) and squeeze some of the gel out of the leaves onto your burn.  Rub the gel in gently. It causes your blood vessels to constrict, soothing a painful burn.

Yes, you read that right! Take 1-2 small potatoes and blend them until they are in liquid form.  If necessary, add some water.  Once they're completely blended, pat your burn with the mixture and allow to dry. Take a cool shower to rinse the potatoes off your skin.

This one's simple: just like when you have a fever, zap some of the heat from your skin by applying a cool, soft washcloth.  For extra relief, add a dash of baking soda to the water you're soaking the cloth in, and hold gently on your burn.

Soak a cloth in a solution that is half vinegar (try Apple Cider Vinegar), half water and apply to your burn.  There isn't much science behind it, but lots of people swear by this fix!

Tea seems to be a miracle-worker, and not just for your cold.  When you have a burn, try soaking tea bags in cool water and then applying to your skin.  Look for tea that contains calendula, which has soothing properties.  Mint tea is cooling, and will help as well.

Heal your burn from the inside out: hydrate your body.  Drinking lots of water will help you heal, because it replaces moisture that the sun has stolen from you.

Vitamin E isn't just essential for consuming, it can work wonders on your skin topically too.  Break open a capsule and apply the vitamin directly to your burn to encourage the healing process.  One editor of ours has even used vitamin E capsules to make a scar disappear faster -- and it works.


We've all been there: You went too long between SPF reapplications on the beach, or just figured you'd "be fine" in the sun for a short time... and now you're burnt.

Luckily, there are a bunch of quick, easy and effective ways to treat and soothe a sunburn from home, helping it to heal faster. Taking a cool -- not cold! -- bath will soothe your skin to begin with, but did you know that adding either baking soda or oatmeal is a great way to help heal your sensitive skin? You likely already know the benefits of consuming enough vitamin E, but it can also be used topically to diminish scars and work to heal a burn.

Sometimes homemade remedies are the best, and sometimes the greatest fix can be found in your fridge or pantry. Click through the gallery above to see our eight tips for at-home remedies for sunburn!

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