wikiHow to Use Home Remedies to Protect Your Skin After a Sunburn

Four Methods:Herbal remediesVegetable remediesFruit remediesOther possible home remedies

Post-sunburn, there are a number of home remedies that you can try for soothing the skin. These home remedies are not to be used as a replacement for treatment of serious burns, for which you should see your doctor. These remedies are to assist only with reducing inflammation, redness and burning or itching feelings. They should not take place of doctor's advice or pharmacist assistance. It is also recommended that you read How to treat sunburn for more advice.


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    Use each of the suggested home remedies at your own risk. Many of the remedies below have not been sufficiently scientifically verified, and should not replace scientific medical treatment. Avoid using egg whites, peanut butter, petroleum jelly, and vinegar in particular.[1]

Method 1
Herbal remedies

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    Apply 100 percent aloe vera after a burn.[citation needed] If you can get it straight from the plant, this is even better. This method, when applied immediately and often, can take a way even the worst sunburns in a day or two.[citation needed]
    • Directly apply aloe juice to the skin, or use aloe gel purchased from the pharmacy, after refrigeration.
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    Try the tea method. Brew three or four teabags in a pitcher of warm water. When the tea is almost black, remove the teabags and let the liquid cool to room temperature. Gently dab at the sunburn with a cloth soaked in the tea, the more the better. Do not wash it off. If the cloth causes pain, dab at the burn with the teabags instead.[2]
    • Try to do this at bedtime and leave it on overnight.
    • Be aware that the tea can stain clothing and sheets.
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    Try calendula ointment. Calendula ointment is considered by some to be especially good for severe burns with blistering.[3] You can find it at a naturopathic store; ask the retailer or naturopath for advice. Be aware that no herbal treatment is appropriate for the treatment of serious injuries; if you have severe burns or blisters that won't heal, see a doctor immediately.
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    Apply witch hazel lotion. This treatment may soothe your skin.[4] Apply carefully to affected area and leave on.

Method 2
Vegetable remedies

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    Apply potatoes.[citation needed] Carbohydrates rich in potatoes can effectively relieve burning. Halve the potato, attach it to the face, and rub. Apply cold compress with the potato if the sunburn is severe.
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    Cover the sunburn with a cucumber.[citation needed] No sunscreen is as good as cucumber, which smells refreshing and has no preservatives. Apply the cucumber slices to your skin.
    • Research shows that cucumber can effectively block the sun when needed.[citation needed]
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    Apply lettuce.[citation needed] It has an analgesic part that can effectively relieve burning skin. Refrigerate the water that boiled the lettuce. Evenly apply iced lettuce juice to the sunburn with cotton wool.

Method 3
Fruit remedies

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    Use tomatoes.[citation needed] Tomatoes are called the "ruby" in alleviating pains. As a survey showed, Italians who consume the pasta containing 5 teaspoons of lycopene-rich tomato sauce every day, in three months, have 25% higher self-defensive ability in skin protection than those who do not.[citation needed]
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    Apply strawberries.[citation needed] Strawberries are filled with phenolic compounds -- tannic acid, which is great for easing pains caused by over-exposure to the sun.[citation needed] To apply the strawberries, slice them, apply the slices to the sunburn, and wash after a few minutes.

Method 4
Other possible home remedies

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    Spread the sunburn with skimmed milk.[citation needed] It can effectively lessen the damages to the protein membrane at the top layer of our skin caused by over-exposure to sunlight. Immerse gauze in cold milk 2-4 hours, then apply it to the sunburn 15-20 minutes.
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    Utilize oatmeal.[citation needed] It's the best alleviation for body sunburn, and its effect is instant when you immerse yourself in cold bathwater with a cup of oatmeal.
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    Consider eating foods with antioxidants and vitamin C. If the burn is very recent (still red and not peeling), try eating food full of antioxidants and vitamin C, such as blueberries, tomatoes, and cherries. One study showed that this reduced the body’s need for fluids, lowering the risk for dehydration.[5]
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    Eat pomegranate.[citation needed] It's rich in ellagic acid. Edible ellagic acid contributes to defending us against viruses, cell mutation, cancer, and repairing sunburn.[citation needed] Because of this, it may be helpful to eat pomegranate regularly.
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    Protect your skin against UV radiation if you have to go out in hot weather. You can do this by wearing a hat or sunscreen


  • Never leave a sunburn alone. Take protective measures before it gets worse.
  • Be fully aware that some remedies may delay healing or encourage infection.

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