The best thing to do is about sunburn is not to get it in the first place. Even so, there are times when the best precautions aren’t enough and you end up with red, sunburned skin that hurts.
Here are five natural ways that will alleviate sunburn pain and help prevent your skin from peeling:
Drink water: Your system and skin are dehydrated from the sun, so replenish both by drinking plenty of cool water, about twice your normal water consumption.
Make a paste of potatoes: Wash and peel a few potatoes. Either grate them or dice them finely and process them in a blender until they are liquefied. Soak cotton balls or strips of gauze in it the mixture and apply to sunburn.
Choose milk: Make a compress from a washcloth. Place in a bowl of cold milk, squeeze most of the liquid out and apply to the sunburned areas. This will both ease pain and put a layer of protein over the burn.
Reach for aloe: Aloe vera gel is the classic remedy for burns of most kinds, sunburn included. Apply liberally and allow to remain on skin until absorbed, then repeat the application. To use a plant instead of a packaged gel, remove several of the largest leaves and slit them down the middle to release the gel.
Make an herbal burn cream: This one you need to do ahead of time. Mix together one tablespoon of witch hazel , one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and two tablespoons of fresh water, cover the bowl and allow the mixture to sit for a couple of hours. Then add two-to-four teaspoons of baking soda or cornstarch, one-to-two cups of fresh mint leaves, or one teaspoon of peppermint oil . If the mixture is too thin, add more baking soda or cornstarch, if too thick, add more water. When it’s a nice creamy consistency, place the cream in a jar and refrigerate overnight before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.