Each of us most likely has at least one
memory of nasty sunburn. Whether experienced personally, or by a close family member or friend, the symptoms are
likely to include anything from red hot skin – either tender or painful to touch, to nausea, dehydration,
blistering and flaking or peeling of the skin.
As anyone who has experienced bad
sunburn will verify, the amount of time spent causing the sunburn, is largely disproportionate to the length of
time that can be spent suffering the consequences of its effects. In this respect, and depending on the severity
of burning, -- pain and discomfort can persist for several days after the event, as the body works to heal and
recover from the unprotected Ultra Violet exposure.
Unless the symptoms are severe, (in
which instance you may need to consider medical treatment), here are 5 simple home remedies that will cost you
next to nothing, and which will assist in soothing the sting and pain of sunburn:
Cool baths: - Soaking in a cool * bath is one of the
best ways to draw heat from the skin and soothe the pain and discomfort of sunburn. (Avoid ‘cold’ as this can cause
the body to go into shock.) Here are some additional things to add to
your baths for further relief:
Add 10 drops of so of essential oil (chamomile or
lavender) to the bath. Soak for 15 minutes or until relief is felt.
Adding baking soda (or oatmeal) to a lukewarm bath can also relieve sunburn pain. For this treatment to work best, try to make sure that all affected areas are
submerged. Bath water can be poured over your body using your hands or a soft washcloth. Burned facial areas can be
gently dabbed using the cloth, or alternately you can splash water directly onto your face. After soaking, lightly
pat the skin dry with a soft towel (preferably cotton). If you’ve take an oatmeal bath, let the light coating of
oatmeal that clings to your skin remain.
Adding vinegar to the bath water will help in taking
the sting out of sunburn.
Rubbing alcohol: - Because it evaporates so quickly,
dabbing on rubbing alcohol will quickly cool and ease the pain of sunburned skin.
Vinegar: - Vinegar is an effective and cooling
treatment for sunburn. Soak towels with it, and apply to the burned areas. Alternately you can fill a spray bottle
and spray it directly on the skin as needed.
Egg Whites: - If your burn is painfully hot,
separating the white from the yolk of an egg, and then spreading the white over the affected area will help to cool
the burning instantly. This can be repeated as often as needed.
Potatoes: - Potatoes can also be used to relieve the
pain of sunburn. Take 2 potatoes and wash them well. Cut them into tiny chunks and place in a blender to liquefy.
(If the result appears too dry, add some water). Pat the affected areas with potato juice. Wait until dry, and then
rinse off in a cool shower or bath.
Remember that as well as causing
varying degrees of discomfort and pain, repeated sun exposure and sunburn also accelerates the aging process and
can increase the risk of cataracts and skin cancer. Prevention therefore should also always be considered
preferable than treatment!
DISCLAIMER: These are home remedy tips
only, and should not replace your regular health care provider. If in doubt at any time in relation to your
sunburn, please seek the appropriate health care assistance.