Although we recommend always using SPF with Zinc when you're out in the sun, we all know that there are times when we simply overdo it. Keep reading to learn many tried and true natural remedies for treating sunburned skin.
Aloe Vera Gel - One of the most commonly used treatments for burns, aloe vera is a powerhouse soother and healer. Keeping it in the fridge can up the awesome cooling powers of aloe too!
Coconut Oil - One of the best moisturizers out there, coconut oil can help heal any skin wound very quickly. Antibacterial and antiseptic, using coconut oil to keep the burn moisturized is key in avoiding peeling. Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamins that promote healthy healing of burns.
Apple Cider Vinegar - This is a classic old timey remedy that really helps to stop the sting of the burn. Dip a washcloth into a mixture of apple cider vinegar and cold water, and apply to the burn to stop the pain and aid in quicker healing.
Peppermint Essential Oil - Not only is this essential oil antibacterial and antiseptic, but it also helps to aid in cooling the skin. The cooling effect can work for cooling down an overheated person too. The trick is to spray the back of the neck and the bottoms of the feet.
Lavender Essential Oil - Lavender essential oil is said to have many amazing healing benefits when it comes to skin and burns. Not only is it an analgesic, helping to relieve pain, but lavender is also able to regenerate cell tissue and minimize scarring. This all-purpose essential oil has been used for centuries to heal.
Colloidal Silver - Used in burn centers all across the country as a natural and effective treatment, when nothing else will heal a burn, colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic that has been used for centuries to build immunities, heal skin wounds, and help cure the common cold.
Raw Honey - Used by holistic Doctors and Veterinarians alike, honey is used as a natural ointment for all kinds of owies, including burns. Naturally antibacterial and antiseptic, raw honey has been clinically proven to support wound healing faster and better than Neosporin.
Black or Green Tea - Naturally rich in tannins, the tannic acid helps to suck out the heat of the burn, therefore alleviating the pain! You can take a refreshing cold tea bath, or just make a big batch of iced tea and soak washcloths in it and cover the burn. Allow the tea to air dry on your skin. Repeat this 3 times a day until the burn is healed.
Baking Soda - Baking soda added to a cool bath is great at reliving pain and soreness from a nasty burn. Just add a 1/4-1/2 cup to your bath and submerse your burn. Don’t do this for longer than 20-30 minutes, to prevent over drying your burn. Pat your body dry and gently apply aloe and/or coconut oil to your sunburn.
Oatmeal Bath - Oatmeal baths are great for relieving all sorts of skin irritations including sunburns! Combine oatmeal and baking soda with some essential oils for the ultimate sunburn relief bath.