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Natural Sunburn Remedies

By Jennifer A. Grossman
Posted On Jun 23, 2014

Natural Sunburn Remedies

 

Perhaps you did not apply enough sunscreen, the right SPF, or reapply as often as the bottle instructed. Perhaps you’re like me, and occasionally leave the beach or barbeque looking like a lobster—whoops!

Sunburns are one of the dangers of lying out in the sun for too long because they indicate damage to your skin that causes advanced aging and skin cancer. But in the short term, the worst part of sunburnt skin is the itchy, red and burning sensation that you feel as a result.  Luckily, there are a few natural, home remedies that can help heal that lobster skin.

 

  1. Oatmeal – Pour a cup or two of cool oatmeal into a running bath and soak in it for approximately 10 minutes. The anti inflammatory agents in oatmeal will help heal the damage.
  2. Yogurt – Apply plain unsweetened yogurt to your skin to cool it down and re-establish the pH balance.
  3. Black Tea – Make a large pot, then soak the tea up with a towel and place on the affected area. The tannic acid in black tea helps heal the skin and relieve the pain and swelling.
  4. Baking Soda – Add a generous amount to your bath and soak for about 15-20 minutes. Baking soda offers a cooling sensation and allows the skin to retain. 

 

PROS: Products that you already have at home.

 CONS: May not work for everyone.

 

HOW TO BUY: Grocery stores.

 

-Gisselle Gaitan, a petite brunette on the hunt for the perfect lipstick.