1. Aloe Vera
If you don’t have an aloe vera plant in your house, you should get one. The gel inside this succulent plant has been used for centuries for all sorts of ailments, from upset stomachs to kidney infections. It’s also the sunburn relief most commonly found over the counter.
Breaking off a chunk of the plant and applying the gel directly to the skin provides immediate, soothing relief from the sting of minor sunburn. If you can’t get your hands on a plant, try a 100 percent aloe vera gel (not an aloe-based lotion or ointment). You can find these gels in most pharmacies.
2. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea can be soothing to your spirit, but it can also soothe your sunburned skin. Brew the tea as you normally would and let it cool. When it’s ready, soak a washcloth in it and apply it to the affected area.
If you are allergic to pollen, you shouldn’t use this treatment. It may cause an allergic reaction in your skin.
3. Earl Grey Tea
Earl grey tea is an excellent treatment for sunburn. While you can drink a cup to help you relax, you can also make a remedy that you apply directly to the sunburn which will instantly stop the pain and help your burn to turn to a tan instead of peeling.
You will need
- A bowl
- 5 or 6 earl grey tea bags
- You need to run the tea bags through your coffee pot just like you’d do to make a pot of coffee.
- You could also just boil them in water if you prefer. Once the bags have brewed, pour the tea and the bags into a bowl and allow the liquid to cool to room temperature.
- Soak a clean towel or small rag into the bowl, wring it out and then apply it directly to your sunburned area.
- Leave in place for about half an hour.
- It is recommended that you apply the tea to your sunburn within just a couple of hours after getting burned for the best results.
- The tea will immediately stop the pain and by morning, you should notice that the redness has gone down a bit and it looks more like a tan than a burn.
- Note that you could try this with other tea bags but earl grey seems to be the best at eliminating pain and reducing the sunburn to a tan.
Vinegar has been used medicinally for centuries and when applied directly to sunburn, vinegar will instantly relieve pain and help your burn to tan out. Actually, it will completely eliminate peeling and actually help your tan to last longer.
Most people prefer pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar which you should be able to find at your local grocery store. You should shower first with tepid water in order for the vinegar to work its magic. Pat dry after showering so you don’t cause any more pain than is necessary.
To make the vinegar treatment, you just need
- About a cup or so of apple cider vinegar
- A spray bottle or cotton balls for application
- After showering, either soak cotton balls in the vinegar or spray it directly onto your sunburn with a spray bottle.
- Note, years ago it was considered very helpful to soak a brown paper bag in the vinegar and just lay it on the sunburn.
- This is actually a really effective treatment and you can buy brown paper bags at the Dollar Store for around a buck for 50 or so.
- However you apply it, just allow the vinegar to dry and don’t wash off.
- You can use the rest of your vinegar either for cooking or in a homemade hair treatment to restore moisture and softness.
The sticky stuff’s been used as a topical burn salve since Egyptian days. “Studies suggest it may work better than some antibiotic creams at speeding up healing, reducing infection, and minimizing pain,”. Note: Skip this remedy for babies younger than 12 months, as accidental ingestion of the honey could put them at risk for developing infant botulism.