Rest and Drink Water
Rehydrate your body by drinking plenty of fluids. Dehydration not only increases the likelihood of headaches and light-headiness, but it also affects the body’s natural healing process. Also, in order to allow your body time to recuperate, try and refrain from strenuous activity.
Apply a Cold Compress
Soak a hand towel or wash cloth in cold water and place the compress on the sunburned area for five to 10 minutes. Repeat this process every few hours or as often as desired. Keeping the skin moist will reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process.
Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera-based lotions and gels are a quick go-to for rehydrating and soothing inflamed skin. It’s anti-inflammatory substances provide instant pain relief. However, be sure to apply generously and every few hours as the gel tends to evaporate quickly.
Although known for deodorizing your fridge, baking soda has also been proven to effectively reduce the burning sensation of sunburn by balancing the skin’s acid/alkaline (pH) balance. Simply add ¼ cup of this powdery substance to a lukewarm bath for a calming soak. In order to retain moisture, do not dry the area with a towel; let it air dry instead.
Apply Tea Bags
While drinking tea already has many proven benefits including lowering cholesterol and aiding in digestion, the tannin in tea has also been shown to diminish the irritating symptoms of sunburn. Simply soak a few tea bags in hot water and then let them cool. While they are still warm, place them over the affected area for one hour.
Best taken within 24 hours of getting sunburned, aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen have the potential to reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. Make sure to take as directed.
A plant capable of removing muscle tension and increasing restfulness, lavender oil can also bring you sunburn relief. Just apply a few drops of the essential oil onto the affected area, and then dab it on the skin with a gauze pad or tissue.
While cucumbers are a great addition to salads, they can also act as a cooling agent. Rub the sunburned area with a few freshly-cut slices, and you should feel immediate relief.
If medicated gels or lotions are not within reach, vinegar from your own pantry can provide sufficient relief. Despite its foul smell, when diluted with a few drops of water, vinegar can help reduce the burning sensation and prevent further inflammation. Apply the solution to a paper towel and simply blot the sunburned areas. Avoid wiping the area as friction will most likely irritate the burn.
When Home Remedies Aren’t Enough
If you are experiencing chills, nausea, fever or you notice blisters or a rash, consult a physician as soon as possible – you may be at risk for sun poisoning.
Although increased sun exposure has been proven to boost mood and enhance vitamin E intake, it can also lead to the itchy and painful condition we all know as sunburn. This summer, if you find yourself looking more sunburned than sun-kissed, here are a few tips to help soothe your skin.