Natural Sunburn Treatments

Summer is a time for outdoor adventures for the whole family.  Suntans are often viewed as a sign of beauty and vitality. In reality, though, that coppery tan represents damage to the genetic matter in the cells of your skin. Over time, the damage can lead to skin cancer. I am fair and have always been at the mercy of the summer sun. I can’t count how many times I was burned as a child.  There were no sun blocks back then just sun tan lotion which prevented nothing.  If you are very fair, you can get burned after just 15 minutes of exposure to midday sunshine.



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Try to limit your time in the mid-day sun and remember to re-apply your sunscreen to protect your skin. If the inevitable sunburn happens,  try some of the most natural treatments for the burn.  Remember oatmeal, milk, and honey aren’t just for cooking!


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Easy, Natural Treatments To Heal The Burn!


Cool Water

Put a cold, damp towel on your skin. Do this for 10 or 15 minutes a few times every day. That will help take some of the heat out of your skin. You also can take frequent cool baths or showers to help relieve the pain. Don’t scrub the skin or use products like bath oils, soap, or bubble bath.  As soon as you get out of the bathtub or shower, gently pat yourself dry, but leave a little water on your skin. Then, apply a moisturizer to help trap the water in your skin. This will help ease the dryness.  Try using a moisturizer with aloe gel or soy.

The American Academy of Dermatology advises treating a fiery sunburn with cool tap water by either using compresses or by bathing. They also recommend using a moisturizer, aloe vera gel or liquid, or hydrocortisone cream.


Aloe Vera



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Aloe Vera is probably the most common natural burn remedy.  The plant has a long history of providing sunburn relief due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It speeds healing and moisturizes the skin. Apply some quality pure aloe vera gel , or get some straight from the plant .  If possible, I believe most homes should have a plant for it medicinal applications.



Apple Cider Vinegar



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Another great reason to keep ACV on hand. Below are different ways to apply it for sunburn relief:

  1. Put some in a spray bottle with water and spray on the burn. For an extra cooling effect store the bottle in the fridge for a nice chilly blast.
  2. Soak a washcloth in ACV, wring it out, and place on affected areas.
  3. Take a cool bath (hot water will aggravate the burn) with ACV added. Soak a while. The acetic acid in vinegar alleviates pain, itching, and inflammation. Pour one cup of vinegar into tepid bath water and soak.





Oatmeal, Cereal, Food



Did you know that oatmeal is one of the oldest home remedies for sunburn? Place uncooked oatmeal in a blender or food processor and process until  it is a fine consistency. It is sold in drug stores as colloidal oatmeal but homemade works just as well.   The anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal can help relieve the pain of sunburn. Add oatmeal to tepid or cool bath water and soak.







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Soak a washcloth or cotton gauze in cool milk and place on the reddened area to create a protein film that eases discomfort and reduces heat.



Baking Soda or Cornstarch



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Among it’s many uses, baking soda can also be made into a paste to help sunburns. Baking soda creates an alkalized environment that can be soothing to the skin. Like vinegar, it also has antiseptic properties which can help cool and relieve the skin. Simply mix baking soda with some water to make a paste and gently dab it on the burn. Soaking in bath water mixed with baking soda or cornstarch can relieve inflammation and itching.



Raw Honey




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Honey has been used as a topical burn salve since Egyptian days. “Studies suggest it may work better than some antibiotic creams at speeding up healing, reducing infection, and minimizing pain,” says Kathi Kemper, M.D., author of The Holistic Pediatrician. Note: Skip this remedy for babies younger than 12 months, as accidental ingestion of the honey could put them at risk for developing infant botulism.  Applying honey to a healing sunburn can help the skin repair faster.



Drink Extra Water



Remember to drink lots of water. Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.



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Wishing you a great, pain-free, healthy summer!









For more summer health tips, see Summer Health & Beauty Tips.






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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

21 thoughts to “Natural Sunburn Treatments”

  1. I always seem to get caught out with the sun especially when it’s not that bright, it still burns! Aloe Vera is amazing stuff and has eased my pain over the years. #MMBC

  2. I’m saving this one, Carol. I try hard not to burn (I’ve had that lip cancer which was sun-based so I know my body can be a receptive host). Always use sunscreen and all but you never know when you’ll be caught short. This is very helpful and I appreciate the natural elements of it.

    1. Wear a hat with a brim, sunglasses, and sit under umbrellas. Hope you have a great summer!

  3. My go to has always been aloe vera but some of these I didn’t know could be used for sunburns to. Thank you for sharing this post with us at #omhgww

  4. Great tips and hacks and homemade remedies. I hope I never get another sunburn. Sooo painful. Not fun at all.TFS because I know someone will be able to use the info this summer.

  5. I try to stay in the shade as much as possible because I do burn pretty easily; aloe vera gel is my go to sunburn treatment when I do get red as a lobster.

  6. Love this post! I am going to save this! I try never to sunburn, but sometimes it happens. Glad to read your natural treatment tips! Found you on the Hearts & Home link party.

  7. Stopping by again! Thanks for linking up at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 38! Great tips for natural treatments! SHARING!

  8. All good to know. Pinned ♥ I’d like to invite you to bring this post and more over to my new UNLIMITED Monthly Link Party!

  9. I gave you a shoutout on Farm Fresh Tuesdays today for this post 🙂

    Too much sun is definitely not good for our skin. I don’t burn very often, but it is great to have this info in case I do. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I learned several new, natural methods for sunburn, not that I plan to stay too long in the sun, but you never know! I’ll pin this for reference, thanks! #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty

  11. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 1! Pinned ♥

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