Anytime you wander outside without sunscreen you risk facing the wrath of the scorching sun and sunburn. I have avoided prolonged sun exposure for years because of a family history of melanoma and earlier sunburn that left me in tears. When I do go outside I normally slather myself in so much sunscreen my skin never changes color. This year, however, I'm trying my hand at safely spending time in the sun with the intent of tanning.
So far it's going well but I realize the more I go outside with little to no sun protection the higher my risk for sunburn. Since I know what it feels like to have the sunburned and blistered skin, I do my best to avoid that. I'm not saying it's not going to happen because chances are high that it will, but I have done my research on how to treat sunburn if it does happen.
How to Treat Sunburn at Home
The first thing I go for when it comes to treating anything is home remedies. I hate having to make a special trip to the store to buy a product that may or may not work. It's cheaper and easier to use the stuff I already have and if it doesn't work I'm not really out anything. Here are 4 of the best DIY sunburn treatments either my friends or I have tried that work.
- Add 2 - 3 cups of baking soda to lukewarm bath water and soak for 15 minutes or longer. Get added relief by adding a few drops of chamomile oil in the water.
- Mix 1 cup of plain yogurt with ½ cup of baking soda and apply to affected areas.
- For small sunburned areas, like the nose and eyelids, soak tea bags in cool water and place on affected areas.
- Process 1 ½ cups of uncooked oatmeal in a food processor until it's fine. Mix with ½ cup of cold milk and 2 tablespoons of honey then spread on affected areas. Let it sit for 20 minutes or more, then rinse off with a soft cloth and water.
If you'd prefer to buy a product that treats sunburn here are some of the best I've found. These affiliate links go to Amazon.com.
- Aloe vera lotion or gel
- Yes To Cucumber cooling hydrating mist
- Burt's Bees Aloe and Linden Flower After Sun Soother
When you have sunburn make sure to drink plenty of fluids and wear loose, breathable clothes. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and keep your skin hydrated to prevent excessive drying. Visiting or speaking to a qualified doctor is always best if you need further advice.