10 Natural Remedies to Soothe a Sunburn

Hello Friend!

Summer fun is officially happening for us. I’m happy to report that I’ve done a great job with my Mama duty of keeping our little family sunburn free. There’s way more fun things for you to do than slathering on slimy Aloe Vera!!


10 Natural Remedies to Soothe a Sunburn

Sunburns can happen even if you *try* to follow all the rules:

Minimizing your sun exposure between the times of 10am and 3pm;
Applying sunscreen of 15 SPF or higher (and reapplying); and
Wearing protective clothing and sunglasses.

Perhaps you missed a spot with the sunscreen or just forgot all the rules for the afternoon and now YOUR SKIN IS ON FIRE!!

Try these soothing remedies:

1. To help cool down your skin; try using a compress saturated with cold water or soak in a cool bath.

2. Add a cup of white vinegar to your cool bath.

3. Take a baking soda bath.
Then air dry so the baking soda can dry on your skin.

4. Apply fresh Aloe Vera. Break open a leaf and squeeze the gel out or slice open and rub on skin. Be sure to remove any sharp edges.

5. Make a paste with corn starch and water and apply to sunburn.

6. Apply veggie slices. Raw cucumber or potato will bring relief.

7. Cover your sunburn with plain yogurt. Then take a cool shower.

8. Boil lettuce leaves in water. Strain, then let the liquid cool several hours in the refrigerator. Dip cotton balls into the liquid and gently press or stroke onto irritated skin.

9. Supplement with Vitamins C, E and Selenium.

10. Drink water and lots of it!

Have fun in the sun but remember skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers. (So protect yourself!) The damage starts young as most people experience 80% of their lifetime sun exposure by the age of 18!

A Note on Vitamin D

Is sunlight good for us? Yes, it helps us create Vitamin D!

How? Expose your hands, face & arms to direct sunlight for
10-20 minutes, 3 times a week.

Why do we need vitamin D?

* Essential for bone health
* May prevent & inhibit the growth of cancer cells
* Prevents osteoporosis & bone fractures
* Prevents tuberculosis
* Aids in autoimmune disorders (like Rheumatoid arthritis)
* Prevents central nervous system lesions (in Multiple Sclerosis)
* Helps heal psoriasis
* Enhances immune cell function
* Prevents seasonal depression

What foods contain Vitamin D?
Animal products: cod liver oil, cold water fatty fish, fortified milk & fortified soy milk, butter, egg yolks and lard. (yuck!)

tn48.jpg Want to know more about safe sunscreens?

Find out which ones actually provide protection at cosmeticdatabase.com

15 Replies to “10 Natural Remedies to Soothe a Sunburn”

  1. Hey Sadie,
    Way to go on an important topic-sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.
    Nice touch, the link to the healthy skin products site-Skin Deep.
    BUT, did you know that Vitamin C, even natually high Vitamin C products like lemonade, can increase your burn? And so can some supplements, like my favorite-St. John’s Wort.
    Thanks for the good info, Sadie. Keep up the good work.

  2. Damn straight, no prisoners! 🙂 haha. Thanks for everything!!! I’m actually wearing my tshirt right now!

    And thanks for the soothing remedies, I’m definitely going to tell my sister. She burns up so easily, and looks like a tomato all summer. But that’s her fault, she always “forgets” to wear sunscreen.

    Thanks again for being awesome!

  3. Hey Everyone, even though my family rarely burns, it’s our genes, my sister tends to be a little more fair, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera Plant work lovely!

    1. Thanks for the tips! Sometimes I get a little red, so Aloe vera and vitamin E will probably be perfect for me. But my sister gets so bad, she had blisters and peeling skin so many times. lol. I don’t know how she can forget to wear sunscreen.

  4. We’re fair-skinned (both my kids even have red hair!), but we rarely wear sunscreen. We put it on the kids only when they’re going to be out in the pool or at the beach, where it is an ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE for all of us! Last summer though I was doing some online research about sunscreen brands and how unhealthy they are for you. Now we’re eco-only sunscreens. We’ll be at the beach next week, so I’ll have to let you know how that works.
    Kiss My Face makes a nice eco-after-sun-soother though. I like it a lot. We also have the aloe plants, but they tend to “bite” me with their little pokers (wow, that was a very scientific term there, wasn’t it??).
    Of course, my favorite remedy for sunburn is my all-time standy rememdy: get drunk, start having a good time, and I’ll forget my worries! ha ha ha (and, NO, I DON’T give the kids that remedy!).

  5. Hey, Mama, I also carry an organic sunscreen! (http://greenmaureenorganics.mionegroup.com/en/product/13430). Not certified, though since the percentage of non-agricultural ingredients (in this case, the zinc oxide) exceeds 30% (click here for more information on certification criteria: http://greenmaureenorganics.mionegroup.com/en/certifications).

    And as I mentioned in the Burt’s Bees thread, the Protect B5 Hair Repair is also a great soothing spray for sunburned skin!

    1. Oohh, I will definitely have to check those out. We bought all natural sunscreens this year, but since we actually ended up going to the beach we used more than I had anticipated us using. What SPFs do you carry? The Kiss My Face SPF 18 caused my husband to break out. Poor thing. 🙁

      1. The SPF is labelled as 15, but in reality it’s 29.5—close to 30 SPF, but not close enough to legally label it as such. It’s got a lovely texture and the scent is really light, a faint aroma of coconut—not overpowering like alot of other suncreens.

        Your husband may have been reacting to the Methyl- and Propylparabens in KMF sunscreen. He shouldn’t have this problem with The Protect Outdoor Balm, but if he does, you can return it within 15 days of purchase for a refund.

        1. We’ll maybe have to try it. And I’ll have to double check the ingredients in the KMF sunscreen to see what they have in it. Love it when you can’t trust even natural companies.

        2. This guy (http://www.truthinskincare.com/search/label/KISS%20MY%20FACE) does an interesting breakdown of the KMF ingredients label—and it’s not pretty >:(

          The only objection that I have with his article is his claim that there are no natural preservatives. There ARE, it’s just that A) very few companies know what they are,B) chemical preservatives are cheaper; using better quality ingredients will make the products more expensive (thus, less competitive), and C) they don’t really want to use them because it will mean putting a “use by” date on their products. Without chemical preservatives, products have a considerably shorter shelf life.

          He is also of the mind that parabens are not harmful, but IMHO, if I can avoid them, I will—and I do.

  6. Remove the person to a cool place and arrange medical aid, if burns are severe.
    Cool the skin by sponging gently with cold water.
    Give the person sips of cold water at frequent intervals.
    Apply the paste prepared from chandan (sandalwood) and haldi (turmeric) lightly over the area and replace the application twice a day with freshly prepared paste.
    1 teaspoonful of this (chandan+haldi) mixture should also be given internally twice a day.
    Do not break blisters.

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