With Summer upon us, chances are you and your family will be spending lots of time outdoors. Even the most diligent of sunscreen appliers may suffer from a sunburn occasionally. Especially if sweating or swimming are involved!
Since I practically grew up on the beach myself, I have experienced my fair share of sunburns. My go-to remedy has always been Aloe Vera. Straight from the plant or from the bottle, it is oh-so-soothing!
But if you are in a pinch, and do not have Aloe Vera on hand, how can you relieve a painful sunburn?
Start in your kitchen.
Here are some simple homemade remedies for sunburns, using items you most likely have on hand:
- Tea: Brew a nice strong batch of tea and cool it in the fridge. Apply the tea bags directly to burned skin or soak small towels in the tea and drape over the burned areas. It will stain fabric, but the relief is instant!
- Vinegar: (one of my favorite frugal items) Use white or apple cider vinegar and spray it over the burn area. Or bathe in a cool bath and add 2-3 cups of vinegar to the water.
- Oatmeal: Add 2 cups of oatmeal to a cool bath and soak for 30 minutes.
- Cornstarch: Make a paste with cornstarch and water, apply to burned skin. Or add a cup to a cool bath and soak.
- Milk: Add a gallon to cool bath water, or soak small towels in milk and drape over burned areas.
- Baking Soda: Fill a spray bottle with 1/4 baking soda and water, shake to dissolve. Spritz the solution on burned skin.
- Potatoes: Grate potatoes and apply to burned skin, the juicier the better.
- Egg Whites: Apply directly to burned areas.
Of course, the best remedy for a sunburn is prevention. Slather up those kiddos with lots of high-SPF sunscreen and reapply frequently. Utilize shade and hats as much as possible.
Your children will thank you later!