Jun 262017
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Summer is here, and with that means days spent at the swimming pool or beach, and spending more time outside in general! If you are like me, you might have experienced a few nasty sunburns over the years, that were less than pleasant! I have curated a list of ways to treat a sunburn and get relief from the pain that comes with it!

Sunburns can happen to anyone, no matter how careful you are. I do recommend following the instructions on the back of your sunscreen as to how often to apply. It is important to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays. The misconception is you can’t tan when you are wearing sunscreen. That is totally false, wearing sunscreen protects your skin from the harmful UV rays, it still allows you to tan. So don’t skip that sunscreen because you think it won’t let you get a little darker this summer.

When To Go In And Be Seen By A Doctor

Sometimes if you get burned really bad, it is recommended to go in and be seen by a doctor. If you feel nauseous, have a fever, or experience chills it might be for the better to go get seen. Also if you develop blisters on more than 20% of your body!

Surviving A Sunburn This Summer With These Tips

Cool Down
If you are still by the pool or beach, take a dip in the cold water. This will help cool down the burn and your body temperature. Don’t stay in too long, as you will risk making your sunburn even worse. If you are at home take a cool bath to help calm down the burn.
Pain Relievers
If you are hurting pretty good grab some pain relievers like Ibuprofen or Aspirin! This can help with the inflammation from the sunburn. Wear loose, soft, breathable clothing to avoid further skin irritation, and stay out of the sun.
Wear Loose Clothing
Don’t wear anything tight after a sunburn, it can cause more skin irritation. Wear nice and loose fitting clothes that are comfortable.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Take a soft cloth and dip it in some apple cider vinegar (not distilled white), and apply it to the affected area. Allow it to sit on the skin for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off. This really helps minimize the sunburn and helps it heal a lot faster. Do this morning and night!
Homemade Aloe Ice Cubes
You can take that instant comfort to the next level by freezing some Aloe gel in ice cube trays. It will help to numb the pain while the aloe does its magic. Find out how to make them here.
Oatmeal Bath
In a food processor or blender, grind up some old fashioned oatmeal, and pour a cup into your bath water. Make sure it is warm, and get in and soak. It will help reduce the inflammation and soothe itchy skin!
Plain Yogurt
Plain yogurt is another great item to help with your sunburn. It has a lot of probiotics, and can help your skin restore! Apply the yogurt to the burn and let it sit for 15 minutes and then dab it off with a soft wet cold washcloth.
Stay Hydrated
Make sure that you are drinking a lot of fluids after a burn! It takes a lot out of you, and staying hydrated will help your skin gain back moisture and heal faster.
Cornstarch On Sheets
For those nights it is so painful to even lay down in bed, sprinkle cornstarch on your sheets. A light dusting will do, and it will help minimize any friction between you and your sheets. You can also use baby powder if you want! Just wash sheets in the morning!
Stay Out Of The Sun
Once you get burned, don’t make the mistake by going out again. Let your skin heal, or it will be way worse of a burn, and you could develop blisters.

If you do happen to get a sunburn this summer, try out some of these tips to feel better.

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  60 Responses to “Ways to Treat A Sunburn and Get Relief”

  1. I prefer to prevent a sunburn rather than treating one after the fact. When I do get a little red (despite sunscreen), I moisturize moisturize moisturize!

  2. These are all good ideas. I am much more diligent about having my whole family use sunscreen nowadays,but there are still times we get a little red. Thanks for the tips.

  3. Thank you for the tips! My oldest daughter forgot to reapply sunscreen at camp and is pretty toasty.

  4. Yeah i tried apple cider and aloe vera and works very well! And it saves me from buying those expensive creams.

  5. I love your idea of the aloe ice cubes. Once a lady in Jamaica told me to dip washcloths in ice water and place on the burn. Keep dipping in the ice water and placing on the burn. Keep doing it for hours. I swear by this now. It really works so the ice cubes I bet would work!

  6. Sunburn is just the worst pain isn’t it. I know that tomato’s are actually great for sunburn too.

  7. Hopefully, I won’t be getting sunburned this year. Lol

  8. Thank you so much for sharing all of these. We do our best to keep our sunscreen on and working, but we still end up with a burn from time to time.

  9. These are all awesome tips. I didn’t know about some of them. Hopefully, I won’t ever have to use them, but as the most Irish of Irish men, I know I probably will…

  10. I have heard of a lot of these treatments but I’ve never heard of the Apple cider vinegar one. Couple weeks ago I was on vacation and my friends little girl got SO burned. I am definitely going to try this next just to see if it helps. I love all of these suggestions.

  11. I have actually heard a lot of people say that Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing for sunburns, but have never personally tried it! We currently do Aloe Ice Cubes and Oatmeal Baths, so I can definitely agree with those.

  12. These are some great tips, it has been a long time since I got sunburn (thankfully) but you never know when it might hit.

  13. These are some great tips! I didn´t know about the oat!

  14. Sunscreen is a must when outdoors as the UV rays can be harmful especially on prolonged exposure. It’s really important to cool down or have yourself treated when you have sunburn to avoid further issues.

  15. These are such great tips !! I sweat by coconut oil and apple cidear vinegar to help relieve my skin but will have to try some of your remedies as well !!


  17. I have never heard of putting cornstarch on the sheets but that is actually a brilliant idea. So far we haven’t had any burns!
    Thank you so much for all the tips. The sun can be so pesky

  18. These are great tips and I’m going to use some of them because I am constantly at my pool in the summer. Great reminder to say sun safe!

  19. I am fair skinned so I burn pretty easily. I make a spray from Witch Hazel and Essential oils. Also cutting open aloe leaves and using the gel inside is great too.

  20. I had heard of a bunch of these, but a lot of these are new to me! We are very fair and it helps to have ways to soothe sunburns.

  21. I’ll keep this in mind for sure. I burn SO easily. I once had a terrible sunburn and was in pain for days.

  22. I knew several of these trickster, but not the cornstarch on sheets! That’s a genius idea to try next time I get sunburnt.

  23. A lot of these are new to me. I’m sure I’ll get sunburn at some point this summer so I’ll have to have remedies ready.

  24. These are some really great tips. I burn easily and these will be handy. I really need to try the aloe ice cubes and the cornstarch trick. Very clever!

  25. Such helpful tips! Sunburn is really common during these months. I didn’t know that apple cider vinegar can relieve sunburn.

  26. There are great tips! I’ve never been sunburnt as I’m so careful but if it ever happens I know what to do!

  27. I wish I had seen this 2 weeks ago! I recently got burnt to a crisp haha. Thanks, I pinned this for future reference!

  28. Ooh I have learnt something new today, didn’t know plain yogurt can be used too. How cool

  29. Of course the best cure is avoiding a sunburn in the first place with sunscreen and a good hat but I know we’re all lax when it comes to that including myself. These are great tips for if you do find yourself with a painful sunburn!

  30. Who knew there were so many ways to treat a sunburn and get relief. I will have to use some of these ideas, I had no idea apple cider vinegar was an option, you can use that stuff for some many remedies!

  31. These are some great tips to know. Recently we were at the beach a friend’s daughter got a sunburn and we tried some of these, but not all. It’s good to know some more tips!

  32. Great tips for sunburns. I’ve been finding myself getting burned more often now that I’m older

  33. Sun burn can be tough and you wouldn’t want to have to deal with it during your vacation! I think these are awesome ideas on how to treat it. A homemade aloe cube sounds fantastic.

  34. It would be terrible to experience having a sunburn when you’re out in a beautiful beach with family or friends! I think these treatments and remedies are all awesome, depending on what’s available to you.

  35. Sun burn can be a real headache and I make sure that I do the best I can to prevent having one during a trip to the beach. I’ve never tried using yogurt before, it does make sense! Thanks for the ideas!

  36. I love the idea with aloe ice cubes. I have several aloe plants at home-I am certainly going to look for ways to make this.

  37. We prefer to go natural when treating sun burn. We use aloe vera gel. It is a miracle cure. I need to make those aloe vera gel ice cubes.

  38. Sunburn is really a terrible problem in summer. But, for the remedy what I mostly do is – I apply raw milk over that. It’s really effective. Your tips are great too. We’ll try them if require.

  39. These are really awesome tips! I never thought you could use apple cider vinegar to treat sunburn! Thanks for sharing!

  40. These are awesome tips. Sunburns and I happen multiple times a summer. i ALWAYS remember to lather up my kids but me? NOPE i always forget myself!

  41. I like the idea of the homemade aloe cubes! When I was a kit, we had an aloe plant and any time I got a burn or sunburn, my grandmother would cut a leaf off and spread the aloe on. Definitely helped!

  42. My husband turns into Clark Griswald every vacation. On our honeymoon he ended up with a horrible sunburn. Wouldn’t listen to my advice. The running joke is that’s the last time he didn’t listen to his wife.

  43. I used sudocream last time that I got badly sunburned but I like the sound of an oatmeal bath. That sounds like it could be really cooling on the skin x

  44. The apple cider vinegar will sting at first. However, that stuff works SO well for a sunburn.

  45. Thanks for the tips! I burnt easily to crisp in summer and I usually wear sunscreen with high SPFs. I like the idea of an oatmeal bath.

  46. When we went to florida, we all got sunburn. This would of helped alot! lol

  47. This is much more important to me since moving to Texas and this sun.

  48. These are awesome tips for sunburn. Some I have never heard of before. Will definitely keep this in mind for the next time we are going to the beach 😀

  49. Getting a sunburn is the pits! I’ve never heard of using apple cider vinegar before. I love the idea of aloe ice cubes, that’s fantastic!

  50. I have the worst 2 inch sunburn line exactly where I forgot to apply sunscreen. It is really sore so I do need to take these tips into consideration.

  51. I always get sunburn on my nose and get nasty peeling so thank you for sharing these tips!

  52. I do hope people would take the advice and arm themselves with all they need for sunburns. First step is to stay out of the hot sun.

  53. Sunburns are definitely no fun at all! These are some great ways to treat sunburns! Thanks for sharing.

  54. These are some great ideas for treating sunburn and getting relief. I have heard of putting aloe on the sunburns which we used to do as kids but never the aloe ice cubes. This is awesome information that I will have to share with other family members. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  55. I dont burn as easily but I know we all should still keep ourselves protected. Good info on this though!

  56. I did not know about the Aloe Vera ice cube trick. I have some aloe vera plants out in the backyard. I am going to make those ice cubes for any day use.

  57. Great tips. I wish I had them before my children got burnt at the ocean a couple years ago. We are used to playing in pools. we had no idea the reflecting powers of the ocean. It was terrible. also, salt water…horrible for sunburns.

  58. I’ll have to try these tips! So far I get an aloe vera section at the Asian Market, and rub it into their skin.