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9 Sunburn Home Remedies for a Quick Relief

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Jun 5th

9 Sunburn Home Remedies for a Quick Relief

If you are among those people who are not so friendly with sun, and are facing high odds of suffering from sunburn, must avoid exposure outside. Besides, if you still get affected by the UV rays, you can try some simple home remedies. Find out them here.

As the temperature gets above 40 degrees, you start feeling those pinching sun rays, hurting your skin significantly. The worst thing is that you don’t only get sunburn in summer season but also there are equivalent chances of having them during winter. While your skin is the largest organ of the body, you need to be very careful when you step outside. Besides the fact that you might end up looking like a lobster, getting sunburned is never good for your health.

Do you know it increases your chances of getting skin cancer?

Now the major problem is that people rely on different kind of skin creams to soothe the sunburns. However, these over the counter creams doesn’t give the assured performance.

Thankfully, there are many home remedies which are not only safer and more efficient than your regular skin creams, but also cost effective.

Below you will get a list of nine homemade solutions which are readily available at home.

Coconut milk and oil

This is one of the best solutions for sunburns. Coconut milk reduces redness and offer instant relief to the stinging caused. Actually, it contains antioxidants and vitamin E which not only provides fast relief but also deeply moisturises the skin.

How to use?

To 2-3 tablespoons of coconut milk add a tablespoon full of coconut oil and aloe vera gel each. Blend them together and apply this mixture directly to the area to be treated. Let it dry for 15 minutes at least and you can repeat the procedure twice a day.

Cucumber paste or juice

It is another easily available and cost –friendly remedy. Basically, cucumber helps in relieving the pain and discomfort. Along this, it soothes the skin effectively and cures stinging sensations.

How to use?

You will need a chilled cucumber for this. Just slice it down and you can rub the slices gently over the affected area.

Else, you can apply chilled cucumber juice on your skin for faster relief. Any of these can be repeated twice or thrice a day for best results.

Vitamin E oil

Being rich in antioxidants, this oil offers deep moisture and nourishment to the skin. While it aids in repairing the skin, it treats the sun damage effectively. Plus, the presence of antioxidants in the oil protects the skin from further damage.

How to use?

Just take a few drops of Vitamin E oil in your palm and apply it over the affected area gently. It is best to do this at night time. If not the oil, you can opt for a lotion enriched with Vitamin E alternatively. It is a perfect solution if you want to avoid stickiness and greasiness.

Aloe vera gel

Having abundant of anti-inflammatory properties, this gel can be easily extracted at home. It helps in soothing sunburn and reduces stinging sensation as well.

How to use?

You can either apply organic aloe vera gel, available in the market or extracted at home, liberally over the affected area, or you can opt for a lotion enriched with the goodness of aloe vera gel. Leave it till you feel comfortable. If required, you can gently rinse it off with cold water.


If you don’t have anything else, just rush to your fridge and take out the cold milk. Simply compressing your skin with milk offers a great relief and comfort. It is the fat, pH, and protein of milk which soothes your sunburn effectively, meanwhile reducing redness.

How to use?

How to use: Dip a cloth in chilled milk and place over the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat this procedure thrice a day for fast relief.

Black or green tea

Both black tea and green tea are rich in antioxidants. And these antioxidants present in these teas boost the repairing of damaged skin, meanwhile protecting it from further sun damage. Besides, the polyphenols in the tea help soothe the skin and reduce redness.

How to use?

All you need to do is that brew a strong cup of black tea or green tea. With the help of a clean cloth, dipped in the tea, place it over the affected area. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes and you can repeat the procedure twice a day.

Oatmeal bath

It has proved to be highly effective in rendering fast relief from sunburn. Having an oatmeal bath reduces redness of the skin too.

How to use?

Add two cups of uncooked oatmeal and a cup of milk to create a mixture. Now pour this solution into the bathtub filled with a little warm water. Allow your body to soak in the tub for 10 minutes and feel the difference.


Do you know the starch present in potatoes fights stinging sensation caused by sunburn? Hence, you can use it for faster relief.

How to use?

You need to cut a potato in slices and directly apply the slices over the affected areas. Or you can form a paste of mashed potatoes and apply it over your skin.

Raw honey

Having antibacterial properties, raw honey can be used for fast relief. From blisters, wounds, to stinging, it treats every symptom.

How to use?

Just a little amount of raw honey can be applied over the affected area. You need to leave it for 20 minutes to dry and then you can rinse it off with cold water.

Definitely, these home remedies are easy to use and budget friendly. However, it is worth noticing the condition can be more complex sometimes. In case, if it is accompanied by a high fever or extreme pain, or these are blisters covering a large part of your body, you must visit doctor. As far as itching is concerned, don’t scratch the area at all. You can apply a topical anesthetic cream to the surface to make it numb.

Be careful!