All through University I co-habbed with an obnoxiously awesome Peruvian man by the name of Jorge. FYI, it’s pronounced Whore-hey, not George.
My little Peruvian roomie was one of my best friends, but could also be a righteous pain in the ass. Since he was from the land of Incas and Machu Picchu, he had the innate ability to tan like a golden god. I could not.
In fact, he took to calling me Langosta (lobster, in spanish) because I went from white to red as soon as I stepped foot in the sun.
Sadly, this nickname was aptly chosen. Even with constant sunscreen reapplication, I always ended up pink or burned. I became somewhat of a sunburn remedy guru because of it.
I know you all know to protect your skin in the sun, but for those of you who get a little neglectful, here are a few of my favourite homemade remedies for sunburn.
My Top 10 Homemade Remedies for Sunburn
Pulverized Potato Poultice
For whatever reason, potato juice makes a great anti-itch, soothing skin remedy.
For burned skin, simply blend together 2 cleaned potatoes with 1-2 tablespoons of water. Rub the pulverized potato mash all over your burned skin until it dries. Rinse off in a cool shower and moisturize.
Your hot skin will feel cool immediately after rubbing it on.
Baking Soda Baths
My mom loves using Baking Soda for everything. From DIY microdermabrasion and cleaning to hair masks and even soothing burned skin, it had a hundred and one different uses in our home.
Dump 3-4 heaping tablespoons into a warm bath and soak for no longer than 15 minutes. To better the effect, don’t rinse off after your bath and allow your skin to air dry.
Aloe + Coconut Oil
Aloe is an old faithful, but by adding coconut oil you are really upping the ante.
A 50-50 blend will nourish and moisturize your dry, dehydrated skin and is one of my personal favourites out of these homemade remedies for sunburn.
Cornstarch is good for more than thickening up your gravy.
A lot of people tend to miss rubbing sunscreen around their bikini line, butt line and bathing suit straps.
The resulting burns make wearing bras and undies extra uncomfortable because the clothing is constantly chafing against the burn. By dusting a layer of cornstarch over these areas you protect the skin and relieve chafing.
Cold Milk Compress
I usually avoid dairy as much as possible, but there’s something about cold milk that really relieves the sting of a fresh sunburn.
Mix milk with cold water and ice cubes and soak a cloth in it. Place the cloth over your burn and let it sit for 5 minutes.
The combination of fat, protein and pH have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and prevent swelling.
Strawberry Fields Forever
Mashed up strawberries have an incredibly cooling effect on burned skin. Just make sure the berries are ripe, mashed up good and rinsed off within 5 minutes to avoid staining your skin.
Not the most fresh-scented of home remedies for sunburn, but definitely effective. White vinegar is great for providing itch relief from burned skin, simply dab affected skin with a vinegar drenched cloth.
The effect is so good, I even used it when I had folliculitis.
Rabbit Food to the Rescue
Chances are you never thought to boil lettuce, but you will want to if you get a sunburn.
Boil a head of lettuce leaves and strain the water. Let the water cool down in the refrigerator then dip cotton balls in it and apply to the burn.
Lettuce has natural pain killing qualities that will steal the sting from your burn.
Bet you never heard of that before, had ya? Me either!
Not a gluten-free friendly option, but I used this method all the time as a child. Grind up 1 cup fresh oatmeal in a blender then toss it in a bath and soak yourself. Oatmeal helps alleviate pain and itchiness from sunburns.
Rehydrating your body with lots of water is a must and many people tend to forget it. The best thing you can do for your body is get your daily dose of H2O. Your skin needs as much moisture as possible so fill, drink, repeat.
Do your best to avoid burning, but if all else fails, one of these homemade remedies for sunburn ought to do the trick!
But before you run off to soak in oatmeal, drench yourself in vinegar or rub yourself down with some aloe and coconut oil, tell me: Which of these homemade remedies for sunburn are you going to try first? Dish ’em below!